A TOUGHER training regime will be put in place at Droitwich Rugby Club this summer as they look to raise players’ fitness levels ahead of next season.
The Hanbury Road side’s Midlands Two West (South) campaign came to disappointing end as they crashed to a 50-10 defeat at home to Pinley last Saturday.
Director of Rugby Duncan Hughes said Droitwich, who finished seventh in the table, had been their “own worst enemy” this season due to the amount of suspensions.
Spa have been one of the worst offenders in the league having had six players sent off and Hughes believes their ill-discipline has been down to a lack of fitness.
“Could we have done better this season? Yes, with a better start we could have done,” he said. “But our discipline has been poor across the season. We have had six guys sent off, so we have played a lot of rugby with just 14 men on the pitch.
“We can only look at ourselves and say ‘we have been our own worst enemy’.
“I would argue that some of our ill-discipline has been down to a lack of fitness because they have simply not been fit enough to get themselves in the right place.
“Some of the decisions have been because we have given away stupid penalties, so they have not been engaging their brain before committing themselves.”
Hughes said they were now looking to start pre-season earlier in a bid to get players in the best shape possible for the 2015/16 campaign.
“There are far more positives than negatives to take from this season and if we can build on what we have got, with the addition of one or two more players, and work on our fitness earlier on we will be in good shape,” Hughes added.
“We will start our pre-season quite early this year, so we will probably give the boys May off and start doing some base fitness work in June and work forward from there.
“The boys are keen to do it as they appreciate that their fitness levels have not been where we would want them to be, so we have to make sure pre-season is long and tough enough so they can hit the ground running.”
*BROMSGROVE will be looking to spoil South Leicester’s promotion party when they take on the National Three Midlands at Finstall Park tomorrow (Saturday).
The leaders have lost just once all season, but Dan Protherough’s men will be confident of pulling off an upset after producing a fine display to beat Scunthorpe 28-15 last weekend.