11:00AM, Saturday 06 November 2021
The scoreboard told the story of Maidenhead’s dominance over CS Stags on Saturday, but it also told the story of the efforts that have been made behind the scenes in training to tighten up defensively.
From the first whistle of Saturday’s 54-12 victory, Maids players closed the door on pretty much every opportunity the visitors had to advance and get close to the try line.
They scored twice, in the final seconds of both halves, but Maidenhead were always comfortably ahead on the scoreboard.
In Christoph Bart they had a player capable of battering a few holes in the visitors’ defence, and it was he who got the ball rolling to set up Niall Crossley for the first of their eight tries after only three minutes.
Speaking after the final whistle, the Maids’ centre said: “I think we knew what we had to do coming into this game. A lot of it was the energy we brought, and we adjusted a few things in our warmup, we wanted to make sure we started with a bang.
“We knew if we brought the right energy, the rest of it would fall into place and that’s what happened.
“Yeah, there was a bit of a change for us coming into this league. Teams are a bit more attacking and freer flowing, and our defence had to adjust to that.
“We’ve done a lot of hard work over the last couple of weeks. It didn’t quite come off last week, but we’ve done the work this week to make sure we rectified that, and the scoreboard speaks for itself.
“These guys are bottom of the table, but they were beating Tring at half-time last week. They’ve had some good results even though they’re struggling a bit. This gives us the confidence we need to go into the remainder of the season with the right attitude. We can’t take anything away from these guys, we just put in a good performance today.”
It's a victory that’s set the bar for the remainder of Maidenhead’s season, and Bart is hopeful they can bring the same energy to their performances week in and week out, starting at Havant later today (Saturday).
“Absolutely, we set the bar now for the energy we need to bring. It’s about turning up now every week.”