Rugby Union: Upminster director of rugby Scott Murphy wants to avoid another first-half horror show at Basildon in London Three Essex
PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 October 2017
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Hall Lane club were 32-0 down at half time in defeat to East London last weekend
Upminster director of rugby Scott Murphy hopes the side can return to winning ways when they visit Basildon in London Three Essex on Saturday.
The Hall Lane club were beaten 32-14 at home to East London last weekend, with all the visitors points coming in the first half.
It was a result which disappointed Murphy, but he knows the side must move on from that defeat in time for the weekend.
“The Basildon game is not going to be any easier and they had a poor result, so like us they will be keen to win,” he said.
“They’ve got (former Saracens lock) Kris Chesney as their coach, so it will be interesting to see what they do.
“In training this week, we’ve prepared for the game by trying to right the wrongs of last weekend.”
Upminster will hope to still be in the game at half time at Basildon, having endured a poor first half against East London.
Last weekend, the Hall Lane club trailed 32-0 by the end of the first half, leaving them with too much to do in the second period.
And, unsurprisingly, Murphy is hoping his side do not suffer from another poor first-half performance this weekend.
“It was frustrating because I told the boys before the game that I thought we had a chance to beat East London, so to start how we did was not ideal,” he said.
“Credit to East London, they played well and Dan Bracken at number eight for them played very good and kept us on the back foot throught the match.
“We’re a young side, so there are going to be mistakes, but we have to learn from those mistakes.
“We looked after the ball a lot better in the second period and played better, but it wasn’t to be.
“We didn’t concede in the second period either, so we were left to rue our poor start against East London.”
Divisional rivals Campion, meanwhile, will hope to build on a first win of the season last weekend when they host East London on Saturday.
Tries from Ben Nugent and Frankie Hazle, as well as 13 points from the tee from Matthew Meehan, saw the Cottons Park club overcome Clacton away from home last time out.
It will be tough for Campion against East London this weekend, though, with the visitors just one of two teams in the league to still boast a 100 per cent record.