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More to come from York rugby men promises head coach Sean Bass
YORK RUFC are yet to “hit their straps”, reckons head coach Sean Bass.
The Clifton Parkers chief believes there is still a lot more to come from his side – despite them sitting top of the Yorkshire One table.
York followed a thumping home victory over Acklam by eking out a highly creditable win at Bridlington last weekend and, ahead of the visit of Dinnington tomorrow, Bass said he was both excited and frustrated about his side.
“It was a good result to beat Bridlington. They are a good side,” he said. “It was tough and Bridlington never gave in.
“Dinnington gave Pontefract a real thumping last week and they will be a real test at home. I still don’t think we are anywhere near where we can be and the players know this.
“We played some good rugby at Brid but we missed two or three gilt-edged chances and we have put that right in training this week.
“There’s more to come and, while it is exciting in one way, it is also a little bit frustrating because we haven’t hit our straps.
“There are no easy games in Yorkshire One. I know it is a cliché but you have to take one game at a time. Dinnington are going to be difficult. They have got some good players and we drew against them at home late last season.”
Ben Hepworth isn’t available for York but they welcome back Kiwi playmaker Alex Nixon at full-back.
“He is a good player and he makes things happen for us but he is a small piece of the team,” added Bass. “In the backs we have some young players and also Billy Cakaunitabua, who is still playing some really good rugby.
“He worked really hard through the summer and I am looking forward to seeing him playing.”
A depleted side picked up an important win at Alnwick last weekend but key players could be back in action at The Gannock tomorrow, particularly in the forwards.
“The result was better than the numbers suggest,” said club spokesman Bill Laidler when referring to the 20-17 scoreline.
“We would have had two or three more tries with a bit more cohesion and we are a lot stronger this week.
“Up front we were under the cosh last week, particularly in the scrums, but Paul Dobson is back at prop and Alex Whitaker is also back. That strengthens things immeasurably.
“The back row were outstanding last Saturday, especially George Harrison, and this will be a really tough game against Wheatley.
“We have had some good games with them in the last two or three seasons and they have got the best scrum-half in the league in Matthew Poste, who has come over from Sheffield.
“We will have to close him down and their number eight, which we did admirably at Alnwick.”
After opening with two home victories, Pocklington’s first away game in North One East this season is a trip to Newcastle to meet Northern.
They select a squad of 19 which will be trimmed after training later in the week, with Jack Fletcher and Tim Nixon both back in the mix after being unavailable last week.
Elsewhere, Selby will look to get over the disappointment of a narrow defeat at Doncaster Phoenix when they host Wath-upon-Dearne at Sandhill Lane in Yorkshire One, while York RI, held 10-10 by Old Otliensians, are on the road at Sheffield Oaks in Yorkshire Four.
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