03:40PM, Thursday 30 November 2017
RUSSELL Bolton praised the all-round performance of Maidenhead as they tore Bournemouth apart in winning 52-30 on Saturday.
Maids scored eight tries, many of them of the highest quality, but also proved they can do the basics, giving themselves a platform to produce their silky skills.
Maids’ head coach was delighted with what he witnessed.
“I’m pretty excited about the performance to be honest,” he said.
“Bournemouth are a quality outfit, a good club and have been for years, and they had a good team out there, so for us to play like that shows what potential we have.
“I know there are problems we have to sort out to be the full package, but I’m excited to think how comfortable we were at times and how clinical we were. I just love watching us attack when we are in that mood.”
He continued: “We were good in the first half but had a purple patch of 10-15 minutes, like we do most games, in the second half.
“The try where Coley (Dave Cole) breaks with a dummy and Longy (Ryan Long) is on his shoulder and then gives a no look pass to Jaryd Robninson and he’s in, wow. I just like attacking rugby.
“When you see that, there’s nothing taught about it, it’s just them bringing out their natural game.”
He also acknowledged the grunt work done by many of the players.
He said: “There was a lot of hard work went on out there. The likes of Lawrence Leonard and Sam Hallett, and Ryan Long put in a big shift, they were all working hard to ensure we kept the ball. That worked for us. We concentrated on defence and we didn’t look as weak and leaky as we have done.”
Assessing the power and ball carrying of outstanding No.8 Dave Cole, Bolton said he is a player who has a huge impact on the game.
He added: “He’s been an excellent addition to us. The thing that most impresses is that the last month he has been out half an hour early at training asking for extra fitness work.
“He knows what potential he has.”
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