Roshier targets maximum points

SWINDON College Old Boys boss Mark Roshier has insisted only maximum points will do as they look to keep up their promotion push at home to Harwell tomorrow.

Old Boys currently sit third in the Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premier League table, five points behind Chipping Norton in second and 13 back from leaders Stow-on-the-Wold.

In contrast, tomorrow’s opponents sit second-bottom, but while Roshier is confident of picking up the victory he knows Old Boys can’t afford to take the Oxfordshire side lightly.

“On paper we should win, but as we always say the game isn’t played on paper,” he said.

“Nothing less than a win will do if we want to stay up there, and we need to pick up a bonus point as well if we can to keep in touch with the top two.

“On top of that we also need to look to score more points in matches, because while we are third in the table the team in sixth has probably scored more points than we have.”

Old Boys have worked hard to develop an attractive style of rugby in recent months, but Roshier knows his players need to adapt a little if they are going to perform on what is likely to be a heavy pitch tomorrow.

“It is time for us to tighten up a little bit I think, and we have been working on keeping things tight and also making sure we are supporting runners and not letting anyone get isolated,” he said.

“I think the conditions mean we have to do that, and the players have taken to it well and found it out for themselves when we trained and realised we couldn’t play as fast we like.

“We usually have a split bench, but I think we will go for three forwards on there this week because it will be that type of game.

“We have flexibility in our side too so we should be fine.”

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