High alert status for Colchester's players

Gazette: Tim Grimsey Tim Grimsey

Colchester Rugby Club’s players will be placed on high-alert for the trip to Bury in London League division one north.

Head coach Tim Grimsey insists his players have got enough to secure their second win of the season – following their opening day victory against Braintree – but knows any slips in concentration could be punished harshly.

He said: “I’m not worried about any of the games we have this season because I know that, with the players we have got, we have got enough to beat anyone.

“But it is all about getting our own performance right on the day and that is down to the players making sure they turn up and perform.

“We know we have to play faster and quicker rugby than anyone else we come up against.

“We have to be mentally prepared, have the right attitude, take our opportunities when they come along and we have to concentrate for the full 80 minutes.

“Against Braintree, we looked a bit frantic with the ball in the first half, but we can’t do that at Bury.

“When we have the ball, we have to look after it better, play to our structures and not be so frenetic “There may be times when we don’t have it, though, and defensively, we need to make sure we aren’t giving away soft tries like we did against Braintree.

“I know we can do all of that.

“I don’t have any concerns about the ability of any of our players and I’m 100 per cent behind them – that’s why we pick them.

“But we have to be really focused on the job in hand.

“We can’t have any sleep time in the game like we did last week when we were in the ascendency and then allowed things to drift off.”

Colchester have signed prop Ryan Zietsman from Moseley this week, but the Zimbabwean won’t be in the squad travelling to Bury, while scrum-half Brett Cutbush is out with an injured wrist and Tom Crozier is unavailable through personal commitments.

Colchester squad: James Mitchell (capt), Stuart Bradley, James Balfour, Liam Pickett, Ollie White, Ollie Pickett, Dan Whiteman, Gareth Jones, Joe McMillan, Matt Morgan, Lewis Groves, Chris Withers, Damien Brambley, James Denim, Callum Irvine, Owen Herbert, Dave Philp, Jon Vine, Jack Wiggins.

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