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'We had a point to prove after Salisbury loss', says Windsor RFC's Michael Pope

Windsor RFC’s Michael Pope was relieved to see the Royals make amends for last week’s defeat against Salisbury with a ‘benchmark performance‘ against Chippenham.

Jack Reynolds and Ben Grant-Adamson scored the Royals’ only tries of the afternoon as they ran out 10-7 winners.

The Royals remain in 11th place of the South West 1 East following their victory.

Pope was an integral part of Windsor’s success on

Saturday and bullied Chippenham’s backline with strong tackles and slick moves.

The number three joined Jack Pattinson’s first team at the start of the year with the coach crediting the player as a tough asset to have in his front row.

With seven games left to play before the season reaches its end, the Royals still have a way to go to

ensure league survival.

But Pope is confident his side set the standard to survive on Saturday, and is optimistic the Royals can take the momentum with them into their game against Sherborne this weekend.

“It was a hell of a scrap,” he said.

“We let ourselves down last week at Salisbury and everyone had a point to prove.

“I think the performance sets a benchmark for the rest of the season in terms of our defence and attitude especially. So we go from here and build on that.

“The team put their hearts on their sleeves and it was a hell of a game. I think we left some points out there in the first half definitely.

“We let them (Chippenham) back in with (poor) discipline again.

“We picked up three yellow cards, but all in all, a win is a win. We now move onto next week’s match.”

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