Plenty of positives for Ward despite Saxons’ setback

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Head of Rugby, Josh Ward insisted there was plenty to be satisfied with despite seeing his Southend Saxons side slip to a 27-21 defeat at London One North leaders, Shelford.

Saxons produced a battling display, picking up a bonus point for their toil and remaining well-placed for a top-four finish to the campaign. The positives far outweigh the negatives as far as Ward was concerned

“Yeah absolutely. They’re a quality outfit but we more than matched them throughout,” he told Yellow Sport.

“It was a great measure of how far we’ve come since the start of the year. A real ding-dong. We had opportunities that lacked accuracy at times, but that’s nitpicking. On the whole, we’re very pleased.

“We were on the receiving end of some mind-blowing decisions which was frustrating as we lacked continuity in key moments, but the boys worked incredibly hard and leave with what could be a vital point.”

Ward believed that there is a stronger mindset, not just amongst the squad, but surrounding the whole club this season: “I think the collective mindset of the club on and off the pitch is to work hard for each other and moments of success soon follow,” he added.

“I think recent months have shown our growth and on-field threat to other clubs in the league, but also emphasised the psychology aspect of remaining in the moment and the consequences of that if we don’t.

“The infrastructure of the club is really strong now, it’s growing and a really vibrant, positive place to be, which is special to see now after where we were at the start.

“Our women’s set-up is thriving and challenging, and our U15’s have a cup final rugby to look forward to this weekend too. We’re in a good place.”

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