Exmouth director of rugby Chris Wright has issued a rallying call ahead of Saturday’s vital National Two (S) meeting at the Imperial Ground with Dings Crusaders, writes Steve Birley.

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Wright said: “I really don’t like the saying ‘must win game’, but there is no escaping the fact that this is a game we cannot afford to lose!”

He continued: “What adds spice to the mix for this particular game is that the opposition are, like us, batting for their lives in the section and they’ll come knowing that if they can get the points they’ll put a big buffer between them and us!”

Wright feels that his side is good enough for this level and he is aware of what has tipped the balance in favour of the opposition in a number of games this term.

He says: “The difference is simply what I put down to the ‘edge’, that’s a fey factor. Saturday’s defeat at London Irish epitomised our season to date. We got ourselves into some great situations to score and close the game out, but we could not produce that little extra which would have taken us over the line. Sometimes it’s down to poor decision making, sometimes lady luck and sometimes simply class. The players here are good enough, of that there is no doubt. We have been unfortunate with certain things in games that have gone against us. That said that happens to teams down on their luck and we need to be able to rise above that sort of happening and get on with the talks of winning rugby matches.”

When the Cockles met Dings back in early October they suffered a 25-19 defeat.

Wright said of that game: “We had a couple of big players missing and also suffered sin-bin woes. The difference between the teams that day was minimal and I am expecting another close encounter on Saturday.”

Wright is very clear about what could tip the balance in the Cockles favour on Saturday.

He explained saying: “The home support! There’s no doubt that when we have a big crowd with us they really do create a special atmosphere and they are effectively our 16th man. I am aware that Dings are also bringing down as many as possible, further indication of how seriously they are taking this game. If we can win this one it could well give us the lift we are looking for.”

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