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Rainford calls for consistent All Blacks

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 11, 2013

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The Cornish All Blacks returned from their Christmas break impressively last weekend, but head coach Spike Rainford believes a different approach may be required this weekend.

The All Blacks resumed their National League Two South campaign with an excellent 26-18 away success over Hartpury College.

However, Rainford expects this weekend's opponents at Polson Bridge, Dings Crusaders, to offer a completely different threat.

He said: "It was a great result for us to get and the boys worked really hard. There were a lot of sore bodies on Monday, but it was a really professional job and I couldn't have wanted for anything more – it was really pleasing.

"You can't just look at one win, say you've beaten second in the league and think that's great, you've got to put in performance after performance.

"It will be a different set of problems on Saturday. Dings play with a big, powerful pack and like to rough it up a bit, so we will have to play around it and then go to work as normal.

"We do like to stick to what we are good at, but you have to be aware that, while teams like Henley like to play rugby and a running game, Dings are a bit more like Redruth in as much as they like to smash it up with their pack.

"You have to be mindful of them but play your own game as well. It is about possession and putting points on the board."

Despite last weekend's win and a run of form that has seen them win six of their last seven league games, the Launceston club are still seventh in the table.

Rainford says consistency is the key to climbing towards the top.

"It would be big-headed to say: 'If we can beat Hartpury, we can beat anyone'. We can on our day, but we have to have our day every Saturday, it is not good enough just to do it once every now and again," he said.

"We're staying fit and we're winning some games, so things are looking rosy at the moment, but we have to maintain it and that is the secret to success for us.

"Come the end of April, nobody will remember where we were in January – they are only interested in where we are at the end of the season."

Rainford expects to name a settled side this weekend. He said: "The squad will be unchanged for Saturday. Everybody knew they put a day in at the office last Saturday, but there is nothing to worry about or keep anyone out.

"Lloyd Duke is still out with a tendon injury in his ankle and Sam Chapman had surgery on a broken finger. Both of them are only two or three weeks away from being fit again."

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