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RUGBY: Our plus points
DANNY Thomas says healthy competition for places could be the positive outcome from Chippenham’s 60-5 drubbing at Redingensians.
The Allington Field side slipped to their third defeat in four National Three South West matches in Berkshire, but, with a clutch of first-teamers missing, Thomas was able to cast his eye over a clutch of inexperienced campaigners.
The former Plymouth Albion coach hopes to have a settled line-up at his disposal in the coming weeks.
“We had to make a lot of changes to the side for last weekend’s game because we had ten players who were unavailable for different reasons,” said Thomas.
“You’re always going to struggle without guys like Rupert Crockett and Lewis Surry, who are a big part of our side.
“We had a lot of younger players in the team and our back line was very inexperienced but those guys proved that they were up to the task – it was a good opportunity for me to take a look at them.
“I wasn’t happy with the scoreline but the performance was there, particularly in the second half where we showed a lot of desire.
“We had to rely on those second team players but they showed a lot and hopefully, when we get everyone back and begin to get a settled side, we’ll have some decent competition for places.”
Chippenham have not won since their opening-day success against Old Centralians on September 7, but Thomas is simply focussing on a positive performance when Weston-super-Mare visit Allington Field this weekend.
He said: “We’re up against it again because Weston are always a strong side with the calibre of player that they can attract.
“But all I’m worried about is up putting together and good performance and, if we do that, the result will take care of itself.”
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