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Spike Rainford determined to build his side’s form in crucial February

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

Cornish All Blacks head coach Spike Rainford

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Fourth-placed Cambridge have not won any of their past four National League Two South games, so the Cornish All Blacks are hoping now is a good time to catch them.

The Launceston men are in better spirits, meanwhile, following their home win over Clifton last weekend.

All Blacks head coach Spike Rainford was absent due to work commitments but he was impressed by his side’s performance during a later viewing.

“The boys did very well on Saturday,” he said. “Unfortunately I was away, but I’ve watched it two or three times on DVD. It was a good result and just a shame we weren’t able to get the bonus point.

“Other than that, it was a good performance because Clifton are playing well at the moment.”

The win saw Launceston prevent a difficult January extending into February. They beat Canterbury just after New Year but then lost to high-flying Hartpury College and Bishop’s Stortford.

They were also frustrated by their home game with Ampthill and District being called off.

“After the little issues we’ve had missing games and losing out on some points, it was good to get home and carry on the form we’ve had there.

“Cambridge have lost the last couple of weekends and that will be a big issue for them. We are expecting them to come out fighting having lost at home last weekend.

“I feel it is a game we can target. We beat them at home earlier in the season and we are a much better side than we were back then.”

After travelling to Cambridge, the All Blacks will be at home for their next three games against London Irish Wild Geese, Ampthill and Southend.

Rainford said: “If we can get a result this weekend, then it sets us up really nicely for the rest of the month. February could be a massive month for us and it could alter the league table significantly.”

Rainford welcomes full-back Kieron Lewitt and skipper Ben Hilton back into his squad this weekend. He said: “They will both be in the squad but that is probably as much as I can say until later in the week.

“Elsewhere we are looking good and everyone is fit. Wing Liam Yeo has come back in the side along with Karl Spears on the other wing so we’ve probably got the fastest wingers in the league now.

“Karl has played two games and scored two and that has been a revelation for us. Hopefully we can keep him fit now until the end of the season and it will pay dividends for us.”

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