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Bideford ready for anything Bude throw at them in derby

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

By Andrew Jones

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BIDEFORD will be ready for anything Bude throw at them in Saturday's derby clash.

Truro were the latest Tribute Western Counties (west) team to try to rough up the second-placed side.

But like Wellington before them, the physical approach got Truro nowhere as Bideford responded in the best fashion – with tries.

Coach Kevin Booth, who saw his team win 30-6 on Saturday, said: "We have had Kingsbridge and Wellington try it, now Truro are doing it, maybe it is because we are up there (in second place).

"It was pretty fiery. I think they came out to try to rough us up because we have got quite a small pack.

"We have always had a small pack and for years we were on the back foot, but for the last three seasons we have fronted up. The players don't lack courage in these situations.

"I don't think Bude is going to be any prettier and we're ready for that."

Bude insist they will be more focused on developing their own game than stopping Bideford at King George's Field this weekend.

On a four-match unbeaten run, they will field a young side, including exciting fly half Dan Pearce, who has scored 110 points this season.

Adam Black, the Bude player-coach, said: "Dan is a very talented player and we have got a few brilliant youngsters in the team.

"You play some teams who are a lot older and you have got to combat their experience.

"Youngsters like Dan have stepped up to the mark and played some great rugby.

"We concentrate on ourselves.If you get the performance right, nine times out of ten you will get the win. If you don't, you have still got the performance you can build on for the following week.

"We want to beat the top sides and Bideford being our local rivals means it would be a massive thing for us to beat them."

Andrew Loosemore, the Bideford captain, may return from injury at centre.

They will be without fly half Olly Wickett (shoulder) and centre Andrew Baxter, who has gone home to New Zealand for Christmas.

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