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Rugby Union: Barking head coach Ollie Smith frustrated to see Sudbury match postponed, but says it may be a positive

PUBLISHED: 17:30 24 January 2017

Barking head coach Ollie Smith (pic: Paul Page)

Barking head coach Ollie Smith (pic: Paul Page)

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Gale Street club saw Saturday’s game called off because of a frozen pitch

Barking head coach Ollie Smith believes Saturday’s postponement in London One North at home to Sudbury might actually prove to be a good thing.

The match at Gale Street was called off because of a frozen pitch, with the relegation rivals now set to meet on February 4.

The game is now sandwiched between a trip to Chelmsford and a home clash with Old Priorians, both of whom are also near the bottom.

Smith believes that playing those around them in consecutive weeks may be a boost for Barking, but it didn’t detract from his disappointment at not playing on Saturday.

“It was frustrating as we’d trained well and knew the importance of the game,” said Smith.

“In hindsight, though, it’s probably for the best as with the game now taking place on February 4 as it gives our season a better flow.

“We’ll have three weeks in a row playing against sides around us, so we know exactly what is on the line.”

That vital run now begins this weekend at Chelmsford, whom Barking beat earlier in the season.

Chelmsford are currently eight points and two places better off than the Gale Street side, and Smith is aware it is a must-win game if his side want to avoid the drop.

“The challenge for us now is that we have to beat those around us in the table,” added the former Leicester Tigers centre.

“It’s better to beat Chelmsford then, say, beat North Walsham who we played last and lose to Chelmsford.

“It’s the swing in points that makes games against those around you in the table so important.”


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