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Leopards look to bounce back

PUBLISHED: 19:58 12 October 2012

Leopards Carl Josey (right) tries to put pressure on a rival (Essex Sport Agency)

Leopards Carl Josey (right) tries to put pressure on a rival (Essex Sport Agency)

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Trophy tests for Big Cats

Leopards forward Carl Josey is looking for the Big Cats to improve their defence as they head into a crucial National Trophy weekend.

Josey and his team travel to Leicester Warriors tomorrow (Saturday), before hosting Worthing Thunder on Sunday.

And they are looking to seal a place in the quarter-finals of the only competition they failed to win last season.

“This weekend is a big one to solidify our position in the Trophy table,” said Josey.

“I think the game against Reading this past weekend has probably done us more good than bad because it’s clear we have a lot of work to do.

“Our defence has to improve as letting any team score 30 in one quarter is unacceptable. I think offence will get better the more we play with each other but to be honest we have to become a defensive orientated team to be successful”

The Big Cats will be looking to put last weekend’s Clarendon Cup loss against Reading behind them when visit the midlands.

Leicester were defeated by the Big Cats in the play-off semi-final last season, but have won two of their four games in all competitions.

Like Thunder they are still looking for their first Trophy win, but they have recently re-signed American guard Eugene Pettaway who proved to be a tough match-up for the Big Cats in the three games between the teams last season.

The Big Cats return to Basildon Sporting Village on Sunday to host Worthing at 4pm.

Thunder have lost their opening three Trophy games, and will need to win on Sunday to retain any realistic hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals. However they have progressed to the last 16 of the National Cup with a pair of wins.

The Big Cats completed a hat-trick of victories against Thunder last year, winning home and away in the league and knocking the south coast side out of the Trophy at Brentwood.

Admission at Basildon is £6 for adults, £4 for concessions and £16 for a two-adult, two-child family.


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