10:00AM, Wednesday 08 January 2020
Maidenhead RFC skipper Myke Parrott admits the home side started Saturday’s first game of the new year against Exmouth in ‘Christmas mode’, but was delighted to see them flick a switch after the half-time interval to come from behind and win. The Cockles made life extremely difficult for Maids in the first half and dominated both possession and territory to take a healthy 20-7 advantage into the interval.
However, a tactical reshuffle, which saw Will Runciman brought on in the back line, saw Maids come roaring back to kick-off 2020 with a 44-27 win. Parrott felt the home side ‘stepped up their intensity’ in the second half and the visitors simply couldn’t live with them.
“I just think our energy is key and we were really lethargic in that first half,” said Parrott. “We were still in Christmas mode.
“I think what half time gave us, with regards to what was said, was that we really flicked that switch when we came out. Once we played with that high energy in attack and defence, we were a different team and we showed that in the second half.
“Hopefully (we’ve) put that first half to bed, it was a bit of a Christmas hangover.
“It’s gone now and we really look forward to kicking on. I think in the second half we just looked after the ball better. When we control the ball, we control the game, control the tempo and we scored tries.
Parrott added: “There are not many teams in this league, we don’t think, that can live with us when we’re playing with that high tempo and high energy game. That’s what we did. We ran hard and we ran direct. We earned the right to go wide.
“There were some pieces of magic from our outside backs, Ben Mitchell and Scott Prince in particular. Niall Crossley also had a great game and I think they really stepped it up a notch and took it to them and they couldn’t live with that.”
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