08:08AM, Saturday 02 February 2019
Fly-half Will Runciman says Maidenhead RFC had to show their resolve to withstand Exmouth’s comeback at Braywick Park on Saturday.
Having run in four first half tries through Niall Crosley (two), Olly Foxley and Scott Prince, Maids allowed the visitors back into the game when George Meadows and Nick Headley touched down in the minutes before half-time.
The game could have turned into a dogfight for Maids, but instead they put their visitors back on the leash, denying them a second half point, and ran out comfortable 38-14 winners.
Runciman, who kicked four conversions in the 38-14 win, controlled the tempo of the game for Maids and was picked out for praise afterwards by head coach Russell Bolton.
“We got off to a fast start, a couple of good tries scored from our defensive pressure,” said Runciman.
“But they came back into it and we had to show our resolve going into the changing room at half-time.
“But we came out really switched on and we managed to get the control in attack. We looked after the ball and put them to the sword really.
“Our backs were on fire today. We had those three on twos that we executed really well and our handling was really on point.
“We now look forward to our next two away games which will be really important. We’ve got Ivybridge away and we’ve got to make sure we go there and do a job.
“It’s a big test of how the season’s going to end up.”
Maids get back to league action next Saturday (February 9) at fourth placed Ivybridge.
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