Gavin Hogg insists confidence is still high at Bury RUFC as they bid to end their five-game losing streak at home to Clifton tomorrow (3pm).
The Bury St Edmunds director of rugby has seen his side suffer five straight National League Division Two South defeats, plunging the club into a battle against relegation.
“We have got ourselves into a bit of a losing rut,” he said. “We were in all of those five games with the possibility of a win, but we have not had the confidence to close those games down.”
Bury lost 27-23 at Worthing last Saturday. After leading 13-3 at the interval, they conceded 24 unanswered points before hitting back to salvage a losing bonus point.
“It’s always good to have a home game after you have suffered a defeat away,” said Hogg. “Confidence is still high. The players are positive and believe that one win can change the momentum of the season. But we can’t keep hoping it will come. We have to go out and get it.”
Clifton do not travel well, with just one win away from home in 10 games.
“They have a big pack, the heaviest set of forwards we have played against, but we have plenty of firepower out wide,” added Hogg.
The key to success for Bury, he feels, is the management of the game.
“We start well, and we are finishing well, but we must manage the middle part of our games better,” he said.
“When we start to concede points in the middle of the game, we seem to lose confidence and momentum.”
n Ben Scully, who coaches at Thetford and was previously community rugby development officer at Bury, is currently enjoying an internship under England coach Eddie Jones during the Six Nations Championship.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for him,” said Hogg. “It will certainly add something extra to his CV.”