Bury St Edmunds’ players are hellbent on taking out their frustration at under-performing at Old Albanians on Canterbury to deliver their first home win in National League Two South tomorrow (3pm).
Director of rugby Gavin Hogg has revealed his squad needed no dressing downs this week after their biggest defeat for more than a year, losing by a 35 point margin in the 46-11 reverse at the side who were relegated from National One only last season.
“On the whole it was a really disappointing performance and was below par in comparison to what we have done in the last three games,” said Hogg.
“It was more disappointing at the end of the game as we felt we never really switched on mentally.
“We learnt the hard way that when you are not on your game you can get punished quite heavily in this league.”
Ahead of Canterbury’s visit - who come to The GK IPA Haberden with three straight wins after an opening-day defeat to sit in seventh place - Hogg has said the players effectively did his work for him.
“Tuesday night was a fantastic response from the guys,” he revealed. “We sat down and it was the players who led a very honest video review session after not delivering to the standard we expect.
“They put in a really good session on the training pitch where we were focused on being much more dominant with the ball and being a lot more aggressive in our line speed without it, as on Saturday we felt we stood off them too much.”
He added he is hopeful of the fallout from Saturday having a positive impact on tomorrow’s result, as another bumper crowd at the Southgate Green venue awaits witnessing a first home win at the club’s highest ever level.
“There is a sense of frustration and anger that we did not deliver, and the guys are looking forward to putting a few wrongs right this weekend on our own patch,” Hogg said.
“We want to get our first home win under our belts and then focus on a few back-to-back wins to push ourselves up the league table.”
Bury, 12th out of 16 in the standings with six points compared to Canterbury’s 14, will have influential pairing Matt Edison, at a wedding last week, and Tim Mann (shoulder) return to boost the back row and centres, while former Sale Sharks Academy player Ben Davey (concussion), signed in the summer to strengthen the forwards, has also been passed fit.