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Mobbs-Smith warns Exeter University will have the 'optimism of youth' on their side at Braywick Park

Maidenhead RFC's new coach, David Mobbs-Smith is expecting fireworks when his side entertains Exeter University at Braywick Park on Saturday afternoon.

He expects Exeter to travel to Berkshire 'with all the optimism of youth' having crushed Launceston 54-12 on the opening day to move top of the table.

Both sides picked up bonus-point victories on Saturday, with Maidenhead holding off a determined Drybrook for a 27-17 away win.

"It's going to be something on Saturday isn't it?" said Mobbs-Smith.

"They'll be flying after their win over Launceston. Launceston are a good club and they put them away 54-12 so they're going to be a handful. We're going to have our work cut out.

"They're effectively a u21s team so they'll play with all the optimism of youth. They'll have changed quite a bit from last season, as all university sides do, but we'll just focus on what we're going to do and try to impose ourselves on them."

Mobbs-Smith expects the Braywick Park 4G surface will suit the young students and anticipates his team's defences being stretched to the limit once again.

"Their first result shows they've hit the ground running," he said.

"And we'll play slightly differently. Tactically it will be different but I'm not going to tell you how. It should be a really exciting game and they'll be testing our defence again, there's no doubt about that."

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