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Munro out to keep the momentum flowing

Joe Munro expects no let up when Ealing Trailfinders take on Bedford Blues in the Greene King IPA Championship on Saturday.

Ben Ward’s side travel to Goldington Road having beaten Richmond 27-20 in their latest London derby. 

It was a match in which they took all five points on offer thanks to a brace of tries from James Cordy-Redden and Miles Mantella, but a performance they feel they need to improve on if they want to keep their winning run going. 

“We got the five points, which is the most important thing,” Munro said. “Obviously the performance wasn’t there today. We started really well in that first half and for the opening 20 minutes we were really good, but then Richmond really tested us and made it a really tight game at the end.

“They’ve improved massively. You look at where they were at the start of the season and I think they were learning to adapt to the Championship. In attack they played with a lot of tempo and defensively they got off the line and made it really difficult for us.”

The win was Ealing Trailfinders’ second in a row after their 29-21 victory away to Doncaster Knights earlier in the month. It keeps them in fourth place, two points above Cornish Pirates who have played a match less. 

As such a maiden victory at Goldington Road after three previous visits is imperative if they want to keep the Cornishmen at arm’s length.

“We’ve got a little bit of momentum now, but we know next week is going to be a big test up at Bedford,” Munro added. “They get a really good following, big crowd that gets behind them and will really get up for it. 

“We know the type of game they like to play. They like to play an expansive game so we need to be right on it, be defensively sharp and inflict our game on them.”