Codling: Rosslyn Park must hit the ground running following weekend break

Back at it: Alex Codling is expecting his Park men to hit the ground running when they go to Loughborough Students this weekend                      SP79024

Back at it: Alex Codling is expecting his Park men to hit the ground running when they go to Loughborough Students this weekend SP79024

First published in Sport Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Rosslyn Park head coach Alex Codling is expecting his side to pick up the baton straightaway when they return to action in National League One this weekend.

After an impressive 16-7 win over Fylde last time out, Park have enjoyed a weekend off, but they are back in the title chase on Saturday with a long trip to Loughborough Students.

Park sit seven points behind leaders Doncaster Knights, who host Blaydon this weekend, with seven games remaining.

Codling said: “The week off came at a good time for us.

“The only other break was just before Christmas when the boys had been going flat out since the end of June.

“They have put in an unbelievable shift so far this season and that was probably epitomised in the Fylde game.

“The defence and work ethic was phenomenal, so they definitely deserved a break, and the key is to pick the baton up straight away and kick on this weekend.”

Loughborough Students are without a win in four games, and sit ninth in the 16-team table.

“Loughborough play a very similar brand of rugby to Fylde, very open and expansive, organised and fit,” Codling said.

“But all the games in this league are tough, especially the ones away from home.

“We understand the task in hand and that if we play like we can, we give ourselves a good chance of winning but by the same token, Loughborough are very dangerous if we are not accurate and disciplined.”

Codling is sweating on the fitness of Tom Baldwin (shoulder) and Paul Mackey (rib), while Darrell Ball is a doubt due to work commitments, although Will Simpson is back from injury.

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