Bozzard: Nick Wood carving out teak-tough Foresters pack
CINDERFORD'S forwards have benefited from the help of Gloucester loosehead Nick Wood, according to Foresters hooker Tom Bozzard.
Wood helped at training ahead of last week's trip to Fylde and as a result they put in one of their strongest performances of the season, explained Bozzard ahead of the visit of Blackheath tomorrow.
The lineout and scrum were more assured and the Dockham Road men scored from a rolling maul, and fellow front-rower Bozzard said working with Wood was beneficial.
"It helped having a different face and it was the same when Vicks (Phil Vickery) came last year," said former Coney Hill man Bozzard.
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"It's not a regular face so the whole squad gets a bit of a lift and are on edge because you want to impress someone new.
"Nick came down and cast his eye over it and Deacs (director of rugby Andy Deacon) gave us his feedback about what he said.
"He actually said that he did not really need to say anything because it was all mental approach, lineout defence and lineout attack.
"All round we have to be a bit more ruthless especially when it comes to attacking and defence because we have been a bit flat.
"On Saturday we chucked away a couple of opportunities to score and you can't afford to give opportunities away or slip up at this level because you just get punished by good sides."
Cinderford will welcome back a familiar face tomorrow when last year's fly-half Rory Teague rolls into town with his Blackheath team-mates, who are level on points with the hosts.
Teague finished the season as National One top points-scorer and earned a call-up to the Barbarians and England Counties and has helped his new team to four wins in seven.
But after going three games without a win now, Bozzard says Teague's return is the perfect fixture for Andy Deacon's men to get back on track.
"Teaguey's obviously a quality player and has been around a bit and runs the show at ten which is what he did at Cinderford," added Bozzard.
"He'll have a bit of knowledge about how we play but we haven't quite played as well as we did last season.
"It's similar to when we played Ealing at the start of last season because we hadn't started the season well and had not got a win.
"We went down there and picked up a losing bonus point and should have won and they were flying high and we knew we had to raise our game.
"Otherwise we were going to be on the end of another drubbing so I see tomorrow as the perfect fixture for us."