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Amersham warned of greater challenges to come
AMERSHAM & Chiltern have made a dream start to the new season but director of rugby Craig Burgess has warned against tougher challenges to come.
They have romped to two bonus point victories out of two and are joint top of the National League 3 South West table.
But Burgess expects life to get more difficult from here on in.
He said: “It’s been a perfect start and this is a lovely place to be at the start of the season.
“We looked at the league at the start of the season and these were two games we’d pencilled in as wins.
“But there are areas to improve and a lot of guys are still learning the patterns.
“We need to tighten up against the tougher teams and not just play the expansive rugby we’ve been playing.
“This league is quite forwards oriented, but we believe we’ve got a core of players that can compete up front.”
Amersham backed up a 38-5 opening day win over Worcester with a 29-7 victory over Avonmouth Old Boys that owed everything to a blistering start to the match.
They were 17-0 up before Avonmouth knew what had hit them, and if Amersham weren’t able to maintain that pace to the end it’s probably excusable, with the win just about secured.
Burgess said: “In the first 20 minutes we went at it 100mph and everything we tried worked.
“After that we got too confident and tried to force it a bit. We kept the pressure on them but we didn’t execute to the levels of the first half.”
Tim Lloyd got the ball rolling with the first try after Chris Jack had run back Avonmoth’s kick-off.
Matt Gilbert converted and then added a penalty before the home side went 17-0 in front when Lloyd crossed again.
That’s how it remained until the break, but James Carty added try number three 12 minutes after the restart when he came off his wing to score under the posts.
Again Gilbert converted, and although the visitors finally got on the scoreboard after stealing an Amersham line-out, Burgess’ men finished strongly with Dave Skelton hitting the after-burners to wrap up the bonus point.
Burgess said: “It’s fantastic to get two wins under our belt so early in the season.
They go to Barnstaple tomorrow.
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