Barnstaple’s forwards will be aiming to get back on the front foot in tomorrow’s National League Three South West match at Weston-super-Mare.
They spent much of the time going backwards against the huge Redingensians forwards in the 12-3 opening-day win at Pottington Road.
Weston’s pack is likely to be just as imposing, but Winston James, the Barnstaple flanker and captain, said his men are determined to put things right.
“I doubt they (Redingensians) will go backwards all season,” said James. “Their loose-head was a monster, but you come up against these players sometimes.
“We weren’t happy about it and the forwards want to correct their mistakes. We will try to improve on it this week.
“It was really tough but it was the only way they were in the game.”
The Barnstaple backs outplayed Redingensians, with inside centre Ryan Carter marking an outstanding performance with the second try.
“Last season he got the players’ and coach’s player of the season awards,” said James.
“We’ve always said he’s got talent and physically he is one of the strongest.
“He’s one of the top three people you put on the teamsheet straightaway.”
Barnstaple were faced this week with deciding whether to change a winning team with full back Will Topps and centre Rob Elliott available after missing the opening match.
Last season, Barnstaple lost both meetings with Weston-super-Mare who finished third and lost only once at home. They started the new campaign with a 33-8 win at Avonmouth Old Boys.
January 19, 2013: Barnstaple 13 (tries: Brock, Roberts; pen: Topps) Weston-s-Mare 31.
September 29, 2012: Weston-s-Mare 47 Barnstaple 24 (tries: James, Bussell; con: Lee; pens: Squire 4).
March 31, 2012: Weston-s-Mare 12 Barnstaple 36 (tries: Topps 2, M Berry, Friend, James; cons: Squire 4; pen: Squire).
December 3, 2011: Barnstaple 27 (tries: J Carter, T Williamson 2, R Carter; cons: Giddy 2; pen: Giddy) Weston-s-Mare 16.
April 16, 2011: Barnstaple 19 (tries: Ovenell, Webber, L Berry; cons: L Berry 2) Weston-s-Mare 8.
September 4, 2010: Weston-s-Mare 32 Barnstaple 31 (tries: Tuhakaraina, Webber, Espin; cons: Wearne 2; pens: Wearne 4).
January 31, 2010: Barnstaple 17 (tries: Galliford, Fatialofa; cons: Giddy 2; pen: Giddy) Weston-s-Mare 22.
October 17, 2009: Weston-s-Mare 26 Barnstaple 21 (tries: Watkins 2; con: L Berry; pens: L Berry 3).