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Davis aiming to help team back to winning ways

Will Davis didn’t make the return to former club Cinderford that he wanted last weekend, but with Richmond visiting Vallis Way this Saturday he and the rest of the team have not been able to dwell on the loss for too long.

Earlier in the season Ealing Trailfinders won their first London derby of the season when they travelled across Kew Bridge and beat Richmond 26-16 and Davis is aware that the team must match that performance if they want to return to winning ways. 

“It is important that we forget about the weekend and focus on Richmond, ” Davis said. “Richmond will be gunning for us because we went there and put in a big performance against them and they will want to even the odds. 

“They will think we’re weak from the weekend for not getting the result we wanted so we have to prep well for the weekend and get back to winning ways.”

Last season Davis spent time on loan at Cinderford and scored seven tries in 22 appearances.

On Saturday it meant that he was able to catch up with some familiar faces and go head to head with former teammates. While Ealing Trailfinders may have slipped to only their second defeat of the season the two bonus points they left with keeps Coventry at arm’s length in second place. 

“It was really important to get those two points and because Coventry didn’t get the full amount of points we’re still top by four, ” Davis added. “Dockland Road is a tough place to go and in parts of the game we didn’t play well enough. 

“It was very strange for me. I’m used to walking into the home changing room and there were a lot of familiar faces.”

Davis is enjoying his first season at Vallis Way after moving up the M4 from Bristol over the summer. 

The 24-year-old has helped solidify the front row and ensure that the pack provides a solid platform for the team where his ability to play on both sides of the scrum has come to the fore. 

“We have a really good unit here and have that depth here, ” he added. “It has been good to speak to someone like JK who has played a lot of rugby in the Championship and to be able to gain some experience from what he has done.

“Against (Alex) Penny and (Nathan Buck) Bucky on the tight-head they are two big units. We push each other, do a lot of live work and learn tricks for the weekend and keep each other on their toes.”