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London Cornish coach Sincock prepares a push for the top four
12:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in Rugby News
London Cornish head coach Tom Sincock is hopeful for a bright season, as the exiles prepare for the new London Two South West campaign.
Cornish go to Guildford on Saturday in the curtain raiser, before hosting Teddington on September 21 at the Richard Evans Memorial Ground on Kingston Vale.
Sincock believes Guildford are the team to beat this season, but looks to the recruitment of former Rosslyn Park back row Marc Sweeney as assistant head coach as a sign of Cornish’s intentions for the season.
Sincock said: “The league is very strong, with Guildford probably top of the pile, and a lot of the teams are very evenly matched.
“In terms of ourselves, my hope for this season is to push for a top four finish, and long term I'd like to see the club competing in London One.
“Also, like any other coach, committee member, player or supporter, I'd like to see the club financially self sustaining.”
He added: “Our main strength is our ability to attract talented players albeit without the incentive of money.
“South west London is very competitive with many National League teams a stone’s throw away and spending vast sums of money.”
Last season was a disaster for Cornish in terms of preparations and continuity, with an astonishing 66 players being used in the first team.
“In the end, our attitude was if we can get through this we can get through anything, and these problems really brought the team and club together which was a massive positive,” Sincock said.
“We had massive issues with injuries and absentees, and the availability of training facilities.
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“As we only trained once a week last season, when our training facility was unavailable or bad weather stopped training, you are immediately a fortnight behind your competitors.”
Cornish only avoided relegation last term by securing two wins with bonus points from the final two games of the season – and it was a defining moment for the coach.
He said: “We played the game plan and patterns we had been working on all season and executed them superbly.
“It was an eye opener for many on just how well we could play with the right attitude and application.”
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