Cornish All Blacks determined to continue good form
The Cornish All Blacks' two narrow defeats to Clifton last season will be avenged this weekend, according to head coach Spike Rainford.
The Launceston men travel to Station Road tomorrow with confidence after earning their first home win of the National League Two South season last weekend.
The All Blacks beat Southend 38-6 in a performance that showed how far they have come during the opening weeks of Rainford's reign.
"As I always said, right from the start of the season, our first six games were the hard ones," said Rainford.
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"We have come out of that 50-50 I think. There were a couple of wins we should have had but we let them slip away.
"The older players and the younger ones are starting to gel together now. Once you get that, you get the team ethos and move on from there.
"Then we targeted the second six to ten games as being the ones we need to make some ground on the teams around us.
"Last week was the first one and to put five points on the board with a good victory and a good performance, puts us in good stead now for the next few games."
The Clifton game means a lot to Rainford and his captain Tom Rawlings. The All Blacks lost 24-21 at the same venue last season before suffering a 26-22 defeat in the reverse fixture.
"We need to right some wrongs there from last season," said Rainford.
Rawlings added: "They did the double over us and we want to try and put that right and get a win.
"We have a lot of work to do, working out how we are going to approach this Clifton team up at their place. We've had some mixed results so far.
"We want to go up and spoil their game on their own ground and come back home with a win under our belts."
Rawlings hopes his side's attacking display will encourage more supporters to visit Polson Bridge this season.
He said: "We want to make Polson Bridge the place to be on a Saturday. The people who come along enjoy it because we play a lot of attacking rugby.
"Hopefully we can get a lot of people to the games to get behind the guys, it is a big month for us and we need to carry on the form we showed against Southend.
"The boys are keen to do something and show what they can do.
"There is always going to be errors in games and it is how we react to them. We reacted really well against Southend compared to in the past few games.
"We want to play rugby, we want to put on a show and that is the brand of rugby we are going to play."