Hogg looks for the intensity as Wolfpack head to London Irish Wild Geese – Colchester head to Hertford

Bury's Dave Coutts in action last week against Taunton. Photo: SHAWN PEARCE

Bury's Dave Coutts in action last week against Taunton. Photo: SHAWN PEARCE - Credit: Archant

Bury St Edmunds RFC head coach Gavin Hogg admits his side have struggled to apply the intensity levels week in, week out, this campaign.

The Wolfpack are on the road to London Irish Wild Geese on Saturday – a team they have already beaten at the Haberden.

Sitting three places and four points below Hogg’s men, both sides will see it as a must-win game as both teams look to avoid the bottom three – and relegation.

“At the start of the year we identified three games in January we want to win, Worthing, London Irish and Henley,” Hogg said.

“These games give us the opportunity to win matches and we have already won at Worthing.


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“London Irish is the next we feel we can win. These matches are opportunities we must look to take.”

Hogg was unhappy after Bury’s 22-8 defeat to Taunton last weekend and says his side have been working hard on putting right some of the mistakes made.

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“We were all really disappointed with the Taunton performance,” Hogg admitted.

“We must look to improve.

“The intensity of our game wasn’t there and our concentration too. That’s probably what we have struggled with most this season, keeping that intensity up, week in, week out.

“One week we are good then, like last week, we were off the boil. It’s frustrating and I’m expecting a reaction from the players this weekend.”

With three teams set to get relegated from National League South, Bury could do with a win today and follow that up with victory over Henley at the Haberden next Saturday, in what is already looking a crucial game.

Points from both those games will lift the Wolfpack nicely into mid-table ahead of two tough clashes with Redruth and Chinnor.

“We need to draw on the experience of last season when at Christmas we had put a bit of pressure on ourselves,” Hogg added.

With just one win all season, things don’t get much easier today for Colchester, as they travel to Hertford in National 3.

Third-placed Hertford won 41-20 when the two sides met at Mill Road earlier in the campaign and despite Colchester’s decent performance last Saturday at Sutton & Epsom, where they lost the game with the final play of the day, it is set to be another tough afternoon for Anthony O’Riordan’s men.

In London One, Sudbury, buoyed by a fine win over Chelmsford last week, travel to Barking, while Chelmsford themselves entertain Old Priorians.

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