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Wycs demolish Wootton Bassett on opening day
HIGH Wycombe RUFC expect to be a different proposition this year.
Last season was one to forget for the Kingsmead club as they fell through the South West 1 East trapdoor, but a bit of soul searching has put a spring back in their step.
New coaches Gavin Bunker and Luke Harding have bedded in during an extended pre-season and their methods paid off handsomely with a resounding 66-5 win over Royal Wootton Bassett on the opening day of the Southern Counties North season.
Director of rugby George Dorling said: “There is a more positive feel a the club now and the start couldn’t have gone any better.
“We lost quite a few players from last season. They went to Maidenhead or Amersham, which is fair enough because you want to play at the highest level you can.
“But those that have stayed are more loyal and we’re more tighter knit.”
A thumping opening day victory bears that out, and Dorling says it was no accident.
He said: “It’s down to the coaches. We started pre-season a month ealier than last year. We came back in June compared to the end of July, and the training sessions are more structured and focused on skill sets.
“I think Gavin and Luke are a lot closer to the players too. They’ve got the respect of the players and so get the committment.
“We had a players’ meeting in June about being more professional and taking training more seriously, and we’re getting 30 there consistently now.”
Wycombe will hope to continue their form at Stow-on-the-Wold on Saturday.