Campion hope to be top at Christmas
PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 December 2014
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Larner eager for side to continue good run against rivals Old Cooperians tomorrow.
Campion head coach Paul Larner hopes his side can be top of the London Two North East table at Christmas with victory over rivals Old Cooperians at Cottons Park tomorrow.
They came through a tough test with Diss last weekend, winning 21-14, and remain a point behind Chelmsford at the midway point of the season.
And with the leaders facing a tough trip to South Woodham Ferrers, Larner hopes his side are ready and waiting to make the most of any potential slip-up.
“Last Saturday was a fantastic way to finish the first half of the season, but equally great is the way we start the second half of the season against Old Coopers,” said Larner.
“We have a sold-out President’s lunch and it should be a great atmosphere.
“They seem to have turned a corner with their first win last weekend, as well as some improved results against some good teams.
“We however know that any win on any given week could enable us to go top and Chelmsford have a tough match at Woodham this week.
“We will be hoping to be top at Christmas but, if we are not, we know playing the way we are at the minute we could well be top very soon.”
Campion stormed into a 14-0 lead against Diss thanks to tries from Dan Walshe and Conor Canny, both of which were converted by Rory Crisp.
The visitors reduced the arrears going into the break, as they scored a converted try in the last play of the half after Campion had lost both their centres in the first 30 minutes.
And Diss scored another well-worked try to level the scores with just 20 minutes remaining after Campion also lost James Ngan to injury with half an hour on the clock.
However, Larner’s side dug deep and excellent play involving Crisp and Joe Gaze resulted in the latter going over for their all-important third try.
Crisp slotted over the extras to complete the Campion scoring as they managed to record their eighth win of the season.
“It was an even better win for us this week against a very good Diss side, the strongest team we have played this year,” added Larner.
“We showed some real resilience and character again though.
“Diss threw the proverbial kitchen sink at us in the last 10 minutes, but we stood firm, making some excellent tackles when we needed them most.”