Rugby union: We must improve - Crocs skipper

OLD Crossleyans skipper James Wainwright admits alarm bells are starting to ring at Broomfield after last weekend's disappointing home defeat to lowly Driffield.

The Crocs lost 30-23 in their first game since November 20 and the ninth-placed side are a little too near the three relegation places for comfort.

Crocs are anxious to find a bit of form on tomorrow's difficult trip to second-placed Percy Park (2.15).

"If we'd won last Saturday we would have been clear of the bottom," said Wainwright.

"After half an hour, having already scored three tries, we were looking good for a bonus point win. But we only ended up getting a losing bonus point," he said.

"Hartlepool Rovers are looking as if they might go down and it could be anyone from another five who join them."

Wainwright described the second half performance last week as "awful." He added: "We need a bit more desire from everyone this week."

Crocs will be looking to player-coach Chris Jones for a lead. He had an off day with his goal-kicking last week, missing three easy chances to take Crocs clear.

Jones takes his place in an unchanged back line with university student Will Travis, who made a promising debut last week, again at scrum half.

Lock Chris Wood was injured last week and although his ankle is not broken, he is likely to be out for two of three weeks with ligament damage.

Rory Davis will take Wood's place alongside Kev McGill tomorrow, while all-action Kiwi Dan Temm is back after a trip home and he is in contention for a back row place.

The make-up of the back three is likely to depend on whether Manny Riaz can shake off a shoulder injury.

Percy Park won 12-3 at Brods last week but Crocs are also strong in the set piece and will hope to at least match their hosts in that area.

The sides have drawn 21-21 at Broomfield this season