Rugby: Free-scoring Bletchley target first away win

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BLETCHLEY travel to Windsor looking for their first away win of the season on Saturday, and head coach Stuart Van Rooyen believes the next few weeks are going to be crucial for his side.

Bletchley maintained their excellent scoring form with six tries in a 45-22 home victory against Marlow last time out, and after coming through a difficult first month of the campaign with a highly respectable points total, Van Rooyen believes they have a good chance to push on and climb the table even further.

“We have already played five of the top six sides in a very tough start to the season, but we have come through it very well,” he said. “We’ve picked up a couple of wins and got some good bonus points too, so it’s been very encouraging.

“Now we play some of the sides around and below us in the table, so it’s going to be a very big three or four weeks for us. I’m confident of getting something at Windsor, and then we have Newbury and Witney coming up, so we want some more wins.”

With three victories and six defeats from their nine games, Bletchley sit eighth in the South West 1 East league table – two places above Windsor who share an identical win-lose record after beating high-flying Swindon on Saturday.

But despite all three of their wins so far this term coming at Manor Fields, Bletchley will go into the game full of confidence, with the team benefitting from a new found freedom to play expansive, attacking rugby, according to Van Rooyen.

He said: “Maybe we were a bit more conservative in the past, but now the players are expressing themselves with some good rugby and it’s paying off with results. Our performances have probably surprised one or two teams.

“We won’t drop players for trying something a bit different as long as they can justify why they’re doing it. We’ll drop players for not trying something.

“We don’t have a player in the top 10 try scorers in the league – we have been sharing the points out with lots of guys on two, three or four, and we have scored 29 tries in our last six games which is very good.

“And the players will have to be at their best again in the next few weeks. It’s a big period for us if we want to push on and climb the league.”