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Hungry Wolves are setting the standard

By Nick Elwell | Rugby | Published:

Wolverhampton hit the heights at Camp Hill to climb to the top of the Midlands 2 West (North) standings.

Wolves are setting the standard

The Castlecroft outfit pulled off a superb 32-16 success to replace their hosts in pole position as they sent out a title warning to their rivals.

Full-back Alex Bird scored two tries with Ryan Home, Tom Jones and Luke Brough also crossing the line while Ben Barnes added two conversions and a penalty in the team’s finest display of the season to date.

Forwards coach Ian Harley was delighted with how Wolves managed the game, with victory being sealed with two superb late tries.

“It was a fantastic win,” said Harley. “We have lost the last four games we have played against Camp Hill and a bit of rivalry has built up over the years.

“They are a big physical side and we have struggled with that in the past.

“It’s not an easy place to go. They are very aggressive and have bullied us at times in the past.

“As a coaching group we knew that we would have to be on top of our game if we were going to get anything out of it and the boys really stepped up and took the game to them.

“We controlled things for large portions of the game and then scored two exceptional late tries, as good as any I have seen at Wolverhampton in many years.”

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Wolves are without a game this weekend, but the challenge when they return to action against Shrewsbury on October 19 is to maintain the standards they set in the build up to the Camp Hill clash, and once the action had started.

“We have to keep the same levels of intensity that we had for this game, every week,” added Harley.

“The intensity levels were there in training leading up to Saturday’s game because it was Camp Hill, but we need to prepare like that for every game.

“The coaching group implemented a new gameplan in the summer because we want to be more expansive. When we lost to Burntwood we were wondering if the players could take it on board.

“But in the last two games they have shown that they are getting used to it and now we have to build on that.”

Nick Elwell

By Nick Elwell
Grassroots Sports Editor

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