Wycombe target fourth after morale-boosting victory

Wycombe hope to kick on in the final three games

Wycombe hope to kick on in the final three games

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HIGH Wycombe RUFC recovered from a humiliating defeat against the bottom club to record a six-try romp in their final home game of the season thanks in part to a coaching session from a Wasps star.

Wycombe became the first team this season to lose to Swindon College Old Boys a fortnight ago, but bounced back to beat Reading Abbey 39-10 in the Southern Counties North season.

Wing Adam Lee scored twice with centre Rich Mason and scrum half Anthony Frankes also crossing alonside tries from flank Ash Coles and No 8 Craig Murray.

Coach Luke Harding said: “It was a much, much better week. Last weekend was horrendous but against Reading Abbey we were like a completely different team.

“We did beef up the pack because we needed more weight and some older heads, but it wasn’t the players that made the difference, it was the character and mentality.

“We were playing for each other again and it was a much better performance. We went from one extreme to another.”

A visit from Wasps' former England fly half Andy Goode, who spent an hour with the players on Thursday, certainly helped the transformation.

Harding said: “It was nice to get a professional rugby player’s input. He said a lot of the things we’ve been saying, but it’s nice to hear it from someone who has been there and done it. It was something a bit fresh.”

And Harding now hopes the team can carry that momentum on until the end of the season, with three away games to come, the first of which is Bletchley tomorrow.

He said: “We want fourth, that’s our focus. We’re there now and we want to make sure we stay there.

“We’ve got three away games and we need to exactly the same mentality we had last week.”

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