Coach Powell demands an improvement

Russel Hopkins carries the ball for Oakham
Russel Hopkins carries the ball for Oakham
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Oakham 26 Market Bosworth 18

OAKS coach Mark Powell will demand 100 per cent focus from his players for tomorrow’s derby clash at Melton Mowbray.

His side beat Market Bosworth 26-18 last weekend but the manner of Oakham’s victory left Powell frustrated.

After racing into a 26-9 lead on Saturday, Oakham gave away points needlessly leaving Powell decidedly unimpressed and demanding better tomorrow.

Oakham beat Melton 10-9 earlier in the season and Powell said: “They will want revenge. If we are not up for the game we will be trounced. It will be hard. They are an uncompromising team.”

Explaining his frustration after last weekend’s game, the Oaks’ coach added: “I was very pleased with the first half and the second started well but then lo and behold we went to sleep again.

“We should have been 40 points up but let them back in, and in the end only scraped a win.

“They have come down from a league above and we have beaten them, but it was painful to watch. There was no reason to take our foot off the gas.

“At the beginning of the season I would have taken a win against Bosworth but after starting so well with a great try in the first four minutes by Will Armstrong, we should have kept the pressure up.

Mark Matthews and Toby Daw also scored tries for Oakham, with Matthews scoring the rest of Oakham’s points from the boot.

“He had his kicking boots on,” said Powell, adding: “The best try was Toby Daw’s. We broke from our own half with good play between the forwards and the backs.”

Oakham: Will Armstrong, Adam Stimson, Ben Harries, Tom Armstrong, Mark Matthews, Tom Burton, Tom Harries, Rhys Corner, James Yeoman, Dale Corner, Russel ‘Gangells’ Hopkins, Phil Gant, Toby Daw, Angus Boyle, Theo Morgan. Reps: Martin Stimson, Pete Watt, Padraig Meaghan.