Rugby Union: Barking head coach Ollie Smith happy to take two points from Saffron Walden defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:06 10 January 2017

Barking head coach Ollie Smith (pic: Paul Page)

Barking head coach Ollie Smith (pic: Paul Page)


Gale Street club scored four tries and lost by less than seven points to take something from loss

Barking head coach Ollie Smith says there are positives to take from their opening London One North game of 2017 – despite going down 38-32 at home to Saffron Walden.

At one stage, the Gale Street club led 10-0 before falling behind and were unable to recover.

They were, though, able to pick up a losing bonus point and a try bonus point to take two points from the loss.

But Smith believes it could have been even better for Barking late on, only for a controversial refereeing decision.

“We perhaps could have won it as we had a try disallowed with the last play of the game, but whether we could have kicked the conversion is another matter,” said Smith.

“Regardless, the performance will give us a big boost moving forward into our next few matches.

“Before Christmas, we had been hammered in our last game, but there were definite improvements against Saffron Walden.

The loss saw Aaron Higgins and Tom Bateman make their returns for Barking after spells away from the club.

The duo recently linked up with the Gale Street club in a bid to help them avoid the drop and Smith believes they have already made their presence felt.

“Aaron and Tom have returned and their additions seem to have raised morale in camp, which may have been why we did better on Saturday,” he added.

“I spoke with the coaches before Christmas about a couple of additions as we wanted to bring some new energy into the club and the pair have done that.

“I honestly believe if the match had gone on for another five minutes, we would have beaten Saffron Walden.”

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