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Newbury Blues head coach Paul Archer delighted with efforts as rugby club raise over £2,000 for Cancer Research UK and the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire

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Paul Archer has praised the efforts of people both on and off the Monks Lane pitch after another successful ‘Pink Day’ at Newbury Rugby Club.

Blues celebrated a fine 16-13 win over South West 1 East league leaders Banbury, while Stags were in action against Banbury 2nd too.

Off the pitch, the club were raising money for Cancer Research UK and the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire and collected well over £2,000.

Newbury Blues beat Banbury on Pink Day at Monks Lane
Newbury Blues beat Banbury on Pink Day at Monks Lane

“To raise so much money for Cancer Research is amazing and we can use rugby for so much good in the community.

“It is a really positive thing and if we’re using that to generate a performance on the pitch in terms of being more motivated on the day then that is also good for the team, but we’re reminded of the bigger pitcher.

“To raise money for a great cause is part of what we want the club to be about and we want the wider rugby community to be about too.

"There are bits in sport when you realise that the world is bigger.

“We celebrated the life of an Evesham rugby player who unfortunately died on the pitch a few weeks ago and we had a minute's applause before half time for Jack Jeffrey and it was good to see the rugby community come together.”

On the pitch, head coach Archer was delighted to see his side overcome the league leaders.

“In the second-half we were tactically spot on and we gave ourselves the best possible chance to win the game and it’s good when you’re going into the back-end of the season.

“We defended excellently throughout the game, we knew it would be tough to play against the wind and in the second-half, we implemented the tactical response that we wanted and that was to gain as much territory as we could and capitalise on it.”

Despite the win, Archer believes his side could have scored more, but he understands the win is crucial for Newbury’s end to the season,

“On a different day I think we would have run up a bigger score and made it more comfortable for ourselves, but at the end of the day a win is a win and it gives us confidence.

“We know we can compete at the top level of this league and into the league above.

“It is proof that when we execute our game plan we are dangerous and we can play with any team around.”

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