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OJO'S INSIDE LINE:
3:00pm Friday 7th September 2012 in Sport
IF I had to mark our pre-season at Trowbridge RFC out of 10, I’d probably give it a seven, but I would say you don’t really want your pre-season to be perfect.
I am sure every club at this level has the same issue of getting turnout to training sessions.
It’s an amateur game at this level and you cannot stop people going on holiday, or working, and the core of players we have had has been great.
A week’s work of rugby training at professional level is at least a month for amateurs and you need a core of 28-30 players because you need to slot in players as and when you have injuries or absentees.
We’ve got guys at the club who are very talented and while I never read too much into warm-up matches, we won against Wootton Bassett last weekend and did very well, especially as we had four or five players unavailable.
The Aviva Premiership got underway last weekend and I’m hoping the rugby is entertaining because too often last season, the product wasn’t the best.
With their late inclusion into the Premiership, London Welsh have been dealt a really tough hand and they really just need to enjoy the experience.
If they were to stay up it will be the greatest escape in the history of rugby, but I would expect to see some big scores against them at times.
For Bath, the win at Worcester may have been narrow, but at times last season they couldn’t buy a win so it says a lot about the mentality of the side that they came through.