09:00PM, Wednesday 22 January 2020
Having been put to the test in their previous meeting – a narrow 43-42 win which went right down to the wire – David Mobbs-Smith certainly wasn’t taking anything for granted in Saturday’s rematch with Launceston at Braywick Park.
Speaking before the game he said Launceston were a side whose form belied their lowly league status in the South West Premier, and once again he was proved right as the visitors made Maids work extremely hard for 80 minutes.
The Cornish All Blacks went toe-to-toe with second placed Maids for much of the afternoon, and, at times, threatened a surprise result. However, losing bonus points aside, their efforts were in vain as Mobbs-Smith’s men ran out 22-17 victors.
After another tireless performance from his side, Mobbs-Smith admitted his players had been tested to the limit by Launceston and he’ll be grateful for the two-week breather the side now has before their next match at Newbury Blues on February 8.
“They’ve been a tough opposition for us this season, I’ll tell you that much. Between the two matches we’ve played against them, there’s only been six points in it,” said the head coach.
“I just look at their league position and it totally belies their current form. In their last six matches, they’ve lost twice away from home, and they picked up a bonus point in both of those games. The rest they haven’t lost. That’s not a team that should be near the bottom of the league.
“Hopefully they’ll just keep the pressure on down the bottom amongst the others.”
Unlike their rivals for promotion, Barnstaple and Weston-super-Mare, Maids now have two weeks to rest and recuperate before the visit to the Blues.
Newbury sit just one place off the bottom but Mobbs-Smith certainly won’t be taking them lightly, adding that every game in this division can be a challenge.
He added: “These are teams that will be fighting for their lives so it’ll be like playing someone at the top.
“It’ll be huge for them because they know if they can get bonus points against you or an away win or whatever, it’s huge for them.
“Out of those bottom six teams, we’ve still got to play Bracknell, Newbury, Drybrook and Brixham. Those will be really tough games because they’re all fighting to survive.”
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