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Campion coach Hallahan believes the break is useful to his small squad

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 November 2018

Pat Hallahan looks on (Pic: Tim Edwards)

Pat Hallahan looks on (Pic: Tim Edwards)

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Campion head coach Pat Hallahan says his small squad appreciate weekend breaks during the season.

They go into this weekend off sitting fourth in the London Three Essex table and Hallahan is hoping his side will use it to refresh after suffering a 25-12 defeat to Braintree last weekend.

“We have a small squad and if you look at the amount of games we’ve played you will pick up injuries, so a rest period helps us massively,” said Hallahan.

“Ideally we wouldn’t have another rest week now, but they are vital for our small squad, although I feel they could be spaced out a bit better throughout the season.

“We have got players who have played every minute of every game, though, and we’re not professional athletes, we all have 9-to-5 jobs still and things going on away from rugby.”

The coach believes their recent defeat away to Braintree could have been the wake-up call they needed after a fairly strong start to the campaign.

“On the whole I’m disappointed but we have been playing well so this is just a blip that we can turn round,” he added.

“Maybe it’s even a little wake-up call to show us we have to keep working hard.”

However, Hallahan did admit Braintree deserved to come away winners, despite tries from Joe Fennessy and Callum Whitcombe almost getting them back into the match.

He said: “I’m a little bit disappointed, but I think Braintree fully deserved the win. They were very good, well drilled and played their game-plan better than ours.

“We went 15-0 down and brought it back to 15-12 once we managed to get our hands on the ball more, but maybe that brought some complacency as we thought we were in full swing and in control of things.

“They then played really well and got the result they deserved. We just didn’t reach the standards we have set of late in recent weeks.

“They will do very well at home, they will not get beat very often, but the travelling may be a problem for them as everywhere is so far away. They were the best side we’ve faced technically and had a really good game-plan.”

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