Canterbury RFC head coach Andy Pratt targets victory on long trip to face Cornish side Launceston
by Alex Hoad
Head coach Andy Pratt wants
Canterbury RFC to end their Cornish hoodoo and record a statement
win at Launceston on Saturday to boost their top-half chances in
National 2 South.
Despite scoring 199 points in seven
away games so far this season, the city club have lost six of them
and Pratt (pictured) admitted: "We are due an away win."
He added: "We won down at Lydney
and should have won at Clifton. We’ve had a couple of disappointing
losses too but hopefully we can get up to the mark on
The squad will gather for a meal at
Merton Lane on Friday evening before a six-hour coach trip west,
where they will stay overnight, before facing a side skippered by
former Canterbury full-back Kieron Lewitt.
Pratt admitted: "We have not had a
lot of change out of trips to Cornwall in the past. It’s not just
the journey that’s against us but you have the passionate Cornish
crowd and a good opponent."
Canterbury could go level with
seventh-placed Launceston with a big win but Pratt said: "We are
not safe yet. We’ll have to wait until the new year before we
really know what we are looking at but if we are in the top half at
Christmas, I will be pleased."
He added: "We have a tough run
again from January and need to make the most of our opportunities
Saturday completes the first half
of Canterbury’s schedule and Pratt said: "That means no more
surprises from now on.
"No more scrabbling round to get
footage of sides we’ve not seen before. We know everyone now, we
have our own footage and our own experiences to go on. We have also
got more home games than away in the second half."
Second row Tom Buns, signed from
Richmond this week, could feature while Aiden Moss returns to the
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secure their second road win of the season in Cornwall on Saturday?
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