Ripon coach Dixon targets away day focus

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Competition for places is rife at Ripon RUFC this season, according to head coach Richard Dixon.

Ripon head into their Yorkshire Two campaign on Saturday when they host Roundhegians.

And after narrowly losing 16-12 to the same side in the Yorkshire Shield on Saturday, Dixon said his players are hungry for league action.

He said: “We have some clear ideas of how we want to play.

“We have worked on that pretty relentlessly for two months.

“The two tries we scored on Saturday clearly demonstrated the players understanding.”

Dixon has brought in two forwards and two half-backs for the new campaign. Some of the club’s junior players have also been promoted to the senior ranks.

Stuart Cross is the only player to have left the club.

Paul Blood has also joined as an assistant coach.

Dixon said: “We are ahead in terms of player strength. It looks like competition for places after we struggled for that last season.”

The coach has called on his players to improve their away form to ensure a higher finish this season.

He added: “Our home form is good enough to take us into the top four, but our away form is relegation contender form.

“We have to stop treating away games as a jolly and be seriously focused.”

Skipper Adam Scott-Paul crashed over for the first try on Saturday. Jason Bell converted before crossing for Ripon’s second try.