Aylesbury RFC vs High Wycombe preview: ‘Ducks must be more clinical’

Aylesbury Rugby Club assistant boss Gareth Collings       PHOTO: Mark Bannister
Aylesbury Rugby Club assistant boss Gareth Collings PHOTO: Mark Bannister

Aylesbury Rugby Club must be more clinical and ‘play for the full 80 minutes’ when they face rivals High Wycombe today (Saturday) according to assistant boss Gareth Collings.

Collings was speaking after overseeing last weekend’s first round Bucks Shield exit where a late conversion miss cost the Magenta and Blacks a place in the next round against Bletchley.

The Ducks failed to convert a late try which ultimately condemned them to 16-15 defeat and an early exit on their travels to Bletchley.

And Collings, deputising for Dave Larham, said they must start playing well more consistently.

“It was not the prettiest of games with both sides spurning opportunities to put points on the board,” he said.

“At present, we play well for about 20 to 30 minutes but then allow the opposition to come back into the game; we need to be more clinical in finishing teams off when we are leading.

“We have to be confident in our game plan and play for the full 80 minutes rather than in fits and starts.

“There are areas of our game which we will work on in training this week before we entertain High Wycombe back at Ostler’s Field this Saturday in the league.”

Aylesbury go into the game against sixth-placed Wycombe sat fourth in the Southern Counties North, just three points off leaders Milton Keynes.