RUGBY UNION: Watts' Gosford hopes

Gosford centre Will Watts, son of coach Matt, attacks during the Oxon Shield final against Chipping Norton at Iffley Road on Saturday

Gosford centre Will Watts, son of coach Matt, attacks during the Oxon Shield final against Chipping Norton at Iffley Road on Saturday

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GOSFORD All Blacks coach Matt Watts is urging his players to use their Oxfordshire Shield victory as a springboard.

Watts’s side put up a strong defensive performance before edging out Chipping Norton in a kicking competition at Iffley Road.

But inconsistent league form means Gosford will finish at least 19 points adrift of the BB&O Premier Division’s top six.

Having held third-placed Chippy to an 11-11 draw then pipping them in the sudden-death decider, Watts believes Gosford should be doing better.

“It is a shame that we don’t do that more often,” he said.

“We should be pushing into the top half of the league next year.

“There has been a lot of hard work and emotion put in trying to make Gosford a bit more professional.

“Maybe this could be a stepping stone for next season.”

Watts added: “Their fly half, Sam Jackson, showed a whole lot of guts to kick that last penalty after struggling beforehand.

“He deserves a lot of credit for that.”

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