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Canterbury head coach Andy Pratt and scrum half David Marshall hope to build on memorable win over Hartpury College

07 February 2013

Andy Prattby Alex Hoad

Canterbury Rugby Club head coach Andy Pratt said Saturday’s epic win at title-chasing Hartpury College was the "high point of the season so far."

The city club rallied against adversity and in-form opponents to record a rare away win and send a statement to National 2 South as they seek to close in on a top-six spot.

Canterbury came out for the second half trailing 26-0 and two players short but produced a superb display to snatch victory with a penalty a minute from time.

Pratt (pictured) admitted: "I knew we were capable of getting a result against one of the top clubs but even so it’s not often you get results like this so we had to enjoy it. It was the high point of the season so far."

On Saturday Canterbury visit Chinnor, looking to close the gap on their seventh-placed hosts to three points.

Pratt said: "Saturday was a pivotal game. The season could have gone one of two ways, hopefully the win means we’re looking up the table."

Scrum-half Dave Marshall was named man-of-the-match on Saturday, the first opposition player to earn the accolade at Hartpury in eight seasons, and said eighth-placed Canterbury can channel the confidence from  a statement win into finishing the last 12 games of the season strongly.

He said: "We have Chinnor away this week and Dings Crusaders next week before having a week off. If we can pick up a couple of wins then we’ll go into the break with plenty of confidence to go on and try to get into that top-six.

"If we could do that it would be a fantastic achievement for the club, the coaches and the players, many of whom haven’t played at this level before."

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