Richards looking to minimise mistakes

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Sudbury Rugby Club head coach Graham Richards has warned his side they must cut down on their handling errors if they are to keep their impressive run going.

After he listed avoiding relegation as their only target this season, Suds have won all of their opening seven games, including one in the cup, to set the pace at the top of London Three North East.

But ahead of a tricky November, which sees them face four of the top six, starting with a trip to fifth-placed Wanstead on Saturday (2.30pm), Richards believes they need to cut down on mistakes before they pay for it.

“If we are going to do well we have to cut down on our handling errors,” he said after a 15-0 half-time lead in Saturday’s home game with Cantabridgians was cut back to 15-12 by the final whistle. “For a team that plays more rugby than any other team we come up against we make too many fundamental errors.

“We are dropping too many passes, but we have been working continuously to improve the skill levels of players in training.”

Despite the winning margin being their smallest of the season on Saturday, Richards felt they were always comfortable in the game.

“I was never in fear of losing that game, not even after they scored their penalty try,” said Richards.

“We were in total ascendency and squandered a couple of chances.”

Fly-half Ben Reece should be back along with centre Ollie Benton, but four second row players are likely to be missing.