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Exmouth will take nothing for granted against Taunton

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

By Tom Ede

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Exmouth director of rugby Chris Wright insists he is reading nothing into Taunton Titans’ surprise defeat last time out as they prepare to clash this Saturday.

Wright’s troops slipped to their third-straight National League Two South defeat in a row last weekend as they lost 36-19 to Southend.

They could be facing a wounded animal as they bid to avoid stretching that to four as they host Taunton in their final game of 2013.

The Titans travelled to London Irish Wild Geese and were convincingly beaten 35-8, despite their hosts having previously won just four of their first 14 league games.

The defeat did basement boys Exmouth no favours as it creates more space between them and fellow strugglers Wild Geese.

However, Wright insisted he could not care less what Taunton have done in the past, adamant that all that matters is the 80 minutes this weekend. “We’ll go forward positively towards Taunton despite a recent run of bad results,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of things to work on and improve on and there are certain areas where we don’t perform so we need to look at that, address it in training and put in a better performance.

“Taunton lost to London Irish Wild Geese so the Geese will be happy with that, it moves them further away from us.

“I put very little regard into Taunton’s last performance – they are a good experienced outfit, so I am sure they will be determined to come back from their defeat against us.”

Despite being able to do nothing to prevent heading into 2014 firmly in a relegation battle, Exmouth could lift themselves off the foot of the table ahead of Christmas with victory over Taunton.

Wright knows just how important these little battles could be when all is said and done come the end of the season.

“Whatever happens against Taunton, we know that we need to improve in the second half of the season,” he added. “But lifting ourselves off the bottom of the table to start the New Year with could be a big boost, so hopefully we can pull it off.”

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