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Rugby Union: Forwards coach Andrew Moreland feels Barking will benefit from week off

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 November 2017

Action from Barking against Haywards Heath earlier in the season (pic: Tim Edwards)

Action from Barking against Haywards Heath earlier in the season (pic: Tim Edwards)

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Gale Street club without a match this Saturday

Barking forwards coach Andrew Moreland believes a week off playing will be a huge benefit to the club over the course of the rest of the season.

With no London Two South East matches scheduled this weekend, the Gale Street club have a free Saturday.

Barking return to action on December 9 when they entertain Beckenham, still looking for their first win of the season.

But Moreland believes the team will be boosted heading into that game by the return of some players, while also having more time to understand how the coaches want the squad to play.

“With the week off, we’ll still be training and hopefully we can get a few of the injured players back to fitness,” he said.

“The players are buying into the culture we’re trying to create here and it’s improving week on week.

“The numbers that we’re getting at trying are improving all the time too, so I’m pleased with how things are going.”

Last weekend, Barking slipped to a 55-10 defeat on their trip to Pullborough in the league.

After a spirited showing against London Two North East outfit Old Cooperians in the RFU Intermediate Cup earlier in the month, the Gale Street had hoped to build on that in west Sussex.

Sadly, that was not the case as Barking slipped to another league defeat, much to Moreland’s regret.

“It was disappointing. Against Cooperians the week before, we showed some good consistency, but we only showed it for 10-15 minutes against Pullborough,” he added.

“Maybe it was down to the old ‘away day blues’. It was a long journey down to Pullborough and we took a bit of time to get going.”

Despite the defeat, Moreland insists there were some positives for him and the coaching staff to work with over the next couple of weeks.

“It has been good seeing the game plan we’ve set out starting to be put into practice in the games,” he added.

“We’ve had a look to see what the players enjoy playing and we’ve been able to create a very physical and direct plan.

“It is working, but we need to build on it so the next couple of weeks in training will surely help.”

By the time Barking return to league action at home to Beckenham, Moreland will hope the team are more comfortable with the game plan, which will surely help.

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