SEASON PREVIEW: Larham calls on his Ducks to sharpen up for opening game

Aylesbury's scrum half Adam Moore fends off a Wasps player     Photo: Mark Bannister
Aylesbury's scrum half Adam Moore fends off a Wasps player Photo: Mark Bannister

Aylesbury Rugby Club boss Dave Larham has called on his side to sharpen their concentration and cut out errors as the new season gets under way on Saturday.

Larham was speaking in the wake of the club’s last pre-season warm-up game, a 25-12 win at Wasps FC, before the season opener at home against Thatcham (3pm) on Saturday.

The match against Wasps FC – the amateur team of the Wasps rugby union club – was held at the Premiership side’s training ground.

The game started well for Ay’s with tries from captain Gary Horne and Jim Dodds within the first 10 minutes. With the first of these being converted by James Woodfall Ay’s were 12-0 up and looking the stronger side.

But as the first half wore on Wasps started to come back into the game and pulled back a try of their own which was converted to bring the score to 12-7. On the stroke of half-time Ay’s were awarded a penalty in front of the posts, which Woodfall slotted to give Ay’s a 15-7 lead going into the break.

The second half saw Woodfall add another three points from a penalty followed by a try under the Wasps posts, which he duly converted again.

What disappointed Larham, though, was the fact Wasps were able to add another fie points from an unconverted try.

The Ducks boss said: “Our performance demonstrated the positive developments we have made as a squad, but also highlighted the areas we still need to work on.

“We gave ourselves a fantastic start with two early tries and dominated the first half possession and territory.

“But a lapse in concentration gifted Wasps a try and made the second half more competitive than it should have been.

“We were pleased with our second half performance and game management.

“We have two training sessions before we open the season against Thatcham and must work hard to reduce our errors and ensure we sharpen our accuracy at every phase of the game.”