Crocs facing away-day challenge

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Old Crossleyans returned to winning ways with a 28-13 success over Middlesbrough last weekend, the Broomfield side’s fourth bonus point home victory of the season so far.

And director of rugby Howard Cooper has again thrown down the gauntlet to the club’s players to replicate that form away from home ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Malton and Norton.

“It’s easy to say, but we need to take that form away from home now and play with the same passion and determination that we did last week,” said Cooper.

“We were very focused on making a strong start last week to avoid giving them any sort of confidence or belief and we did that very well.

“We took the game to them, got three good tries in the first half and then another early in the second, which basically wrapped up the win and the bonus point pretty early on.

“We probably eased off a little bit after that and they had some pressure later in the game but we showed a lot of resilience in defence.

“Tomorrow will be a good test for us, but I’m sure we can go there and pick up another win.”

Cooper was full of praise for the Crocs’ pack, crediting new coach Neil Spence with fine-tuning the club’s forward game.

“I think you can really see Neil’s influence, particularly at the breakdown,” said Cooper.

“They’re not the biggest pack of forwards, but they’re more than making up for that with their mobility and technical ability.

“They really stood up last weekend in difficult conditions.”

Crocs look likely to be without hooker Rob Oliver tomorrow due to a hamstring injury, although former player-boss Chris Jones should return to the backline after a hand problem.

“We’re not far from full strength and we’ve got a few players in the second team who are knocking on the door for selection,” said Cooper.

“That competition should bode well for the rest of the year.”