League 1 Preview: University of Gloucestershire All Golds v Coventry Bears

Date: Saturday 16th May

Venue: Prince of Wales Stadium

Kick-off: 3.00pm


University of Gloucestershire All Golds will be looking to improve on their poor 46-6 home defeat to York City Knights last week as they face Coventry Bears in round seven of the Kingstone Press League 1 season.

All Golds have picked up just two wins so far in their 2015 campaign and coach Lee Greenwood was disappointed with their performance last week, as he felt it was their worst performance of the season.

“It was very disappointing last week,” he said. “We didn’t give ourselves a chance at all, we just didn’t compete from minute one to be honest. It’s was a bit of a learning curve for me and the players.”

He will be without scrum-half Courtney Davies who is out with a broken collarbone but insists that he has a more than capable squad who will be out to improve on Saturday.

“We go into each week preparing to win each game. I feel I’ve got a squad who can do that but last week we let ourselves down. This week is just another league game and we need to improve from last week and look after our own performance.”

Their opponents Coventry Bears were also beaten in an emotional fixture against Keighley Cougars, as the Cougars honoured the late Danny Jones with a 52-10 victory.

The Bears have had a tough couple of weeks and coach Tom Tsang noted that in periods of the game they were competitive and in with a chance.

“It was the third tough game we’ve had in a row and it was a similar sort of story,” commented Tsang. “We were competitive in patches and for large parts of the game. We were pretty poor in the first 15 and the last 15 but in between it was pretty even.”

“They scored their tries in bunches at the beginning and end of the game and that’s been the case against these ‘traditional’ sides where we are competitive but in the times we’re not we tend to let in a few.”

Half-back Billy Sheen looks set to return for Coventry and will be a welcome boost for the Bears as they also look to improve in a game the players are looking forward to.

“It’s just about working hard on the things we let ourselves down on and keep plugging away. Everyone’s aware of where we are and the need to improve to fix up those bits and pieces. I’m pretty confident we’ll get there eventually.

“It’s another hard game on Saturday. Gloucester have been really strong, they pushed Oldham all the way at Whitebank. Lee’s a strong coach and seems to have recruited very well not just before the season but he has brought in some strong lads in the last few weeks as well so they will be a good test for us, especially down there. Everyone’s looking forward to it.”

Prediction: All Golds have home advantage and have looked good against big teams at times this year, so I’m going for the home side to win by 12.

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