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RUGBY PREVIEW: Henderson tells Newton Abbot All Whites to look ahead

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

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Newton Abbot must concentrate on their next game rather than dwell on their last one when London Irish Wild Geese visit Rackerhayes in National Three South West.

The All Whites laid a bogey bothering them for the past two seasons by winning 19-15 at Exmouth last time out.

Roy Henderson, Newton Abbot's director of rugby, said it was vital to stay focused rather than sit back and bask.

"Everyone enjoyed the feeling of winning at Exmouth after we had lost four in a row to them – and celebrated it accordingly," said Henderson.

"Winning at Exmouth won't mean a jot though if we lose to London Irish.

"Our sights need to be set on another four of five points, not what we did last Saturday."

Pete Mortimore is missing in the pack while scrum-half Matt Newman is at a wedding. Likely to come in are Josh Vickridge and Neil Johns.

As for Exmouth it is off to Old Patesians, looking for a bounce-back win but with key forwards Dave Kimberley and George Savage unable to travel.

"We made far too many unforced errors against Newton and need to cut them out of our game if we want to win," said director of rugby Chris Wright.

Brixham's 67-8 win over Oxford Harlequins will count for nothing in the away game at Redingensians, according to player-coach Ian Morgan.

"We only played for 60 of the 80 minutes against Quins as there was a period after half-time when everyone wanted to score and the shape went," said Morgan. "If we slack off against a team like Reds they will punish us."

Barnstaple head for Amersham desperate to banish the bitter taste of a 24-23 defeat by Redingensians.

Just when the points seemed in the bag, Barum gave away a penalty and over it went for the narrowest of wins.

"I have seldom been so distraught at losing a match," said Barnstaple's director of rugby Kevin Squire. "It was a massive call by the referee and on such calls are games won and lost."

Taunton face Dings Crusaders at Hyde Park looking for their first win in National Two South after back-to-back-defeats by Redruth and Hartpury College.

The Titans lost 48-13 to the student side, fading in the final quarter as the fitness of what is effectively a full-time operation made a difference.

Dings present a challenge of a different sort, although forwards coach Keith Brooking said every game is one at this level.

"Our first two games were against sides likely to be challenging for promotion, then it is straight into what is a derby clash for us," said Brooking.

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