SUDBURY Rugby Club joint coach Lee Cooper has called for his players to show more hunger on the pitch to arrest an alarming run of three successive league defeats, writes Russell Claydon.
After a flying start to life in London League Three North East, following relegation, Suds have dropped to eighth in the table after back-to-back defeats against Norwich (45-14), Holt (23-10) and Wymondham (22-19).
Suds have a chance to get back to winning ways at home to seventh-placed Upminster on Saturday (3pm), but Cooper has warned they will have to up their game.
“We are always confident but it is just whether the boys turn up,” he said. “I am sure we will get there but they have got to commit a lot more and they have got to want it.”
Injury-ravaged Sudbury, with captain Alex Pears (shoulder) set to be out until Christmas, had to play Cooper in the backs and fellow joint-coach Scott Harries at number 10, where he is likely to line-up again on Saturday, in the narrow defeat at Wymondham.
But Cooper was left to lament a missed opportunity in only taking a bonus point, with Harries scoring a late try.
“It was disappointing and really one we should have taken but we have played a lot of the top sides now and there is not one team we have played and thought ‘they are better than us’,” said Cooper.