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Barking chase swift return to winning ways against East London

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 September 2018

Barking in action last season (pic: Tim Edwards)

Barking in action last season (pic: Tim Edwards)

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Gale Street club lost 38-24 at Old Cooperians last weekend

Barking will hope for a swift return to winning ways in London Three Essex on Saturday when they entertain East London.

The Gale Street outfit lost 38-24 at Old Cooperians last weekend to endure their first loss of the season.

Barking will want to put that behind on Saturday when they welcome East London, who have almost lost one and won the other of their opening two games this term.

And Andrew Moreland, who is director of rugby at Gale Street, believes there will be plenty of fluctuations in results and form for all sides this term.

“It has the chance to be a really tight and competitive league this season, but it all depends on how often teams can field their strongest XV,” said Moreland.

“I expect there will be plenty of twists and turns for every team this season, and player availability will play a part in that.

“Because you don’t know who might and might not be available for different teams each week, you almost have to prepare to face two different sides.”

Against Old Coops, Barking had been hoping to build on a success at home to Canvey Island in their opening game the previous weekend.

Instead, the Gale Street club were beaten for the first time this term, but Moreland knows exactly where his side must improve against East London.

“In both of our games this season, we’ve given away too many penalties,” admitted the director of rugby.

“It’s something that has gradually improved since pre-season, but it’s something we have to keep working on.”

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