FIVE points and several thousand smackers for charity were the results of Newbury parade in pink on Saturday when more than Blues’ league position benefited from the win over Devizes.
The switching to pink for the day has so far raised more than £4,000 for cancer charities Pancreatic Cancer UK, the Breast Cancer Charity and Boys Beating Cancer, and with proceeds from the sale of the shirts still to come, head coach Lee Goodall is hoping that the final total will rise to the £6,000 mark.
“If we can get to £6,000 and each charity gets £2,000, that’s a successful day for me,” he said.
It was eventually successful on the field as well after Blues had to turn over a 20-7 interval deficit against a side that was doomed to relegation on the day.
“I can safely say they got a rocket up their backsides at half-time,” said Goodall. “But we changed tactics and chucked the ball around in the second half and 26 unanswered points later, it’s all good.”
And with three games to play, Goodall is still targeting a top four finish in South West One East. “I still maintain there’s three wins left for us.,” he said, “although the hardest game is this weekend at Grove who are always a tough side to beat at home.
“With three more wins, we will have 77 points ,or maybe 78 or 79 with bonuses, and we’ll see where that takes us.
“Our objective is to finish as high as we can and prove to other teams that we are a force in this league and we are on the top, and to get a good grounding for next season.”
Blues will go to Grove with substantially the same squad, although Iain Herriott is likely out with a neck injury and Josh Bartlett remains
sidelined by a foot injury.