Oli Petrides urges Cambridge to stay positive

PUBLISHED: 07:01 06 October 2017

Oli Petrides touches down for Cambridge against Old Elthamians. Picture: Chris Fell

Oli Petrides touches down for Cambridge against Old Elthamians. Picture: Chris Fell

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Lessons learned for Plymouth Albion trip

Oli Petrides believes that Cambridge must build on the positives from their second-half display against Old Elthamians to take into the rest of the season.

It was another National League One defeat at Volac Park for director of rugby Ross Stewart’s side, meaning their winless run at home stretches back to November.

Missed tackles had proved costly as they trailed 26-7 after 48 minutes, but they were galvanised in the second half to earn two bonus points.

Tom White’s 76th-minute penalty had taken the game beyond Cambridge, but Petrides’ last-minute try, converted by Albert Portsmouth, earned the bonuses. And Petrides feels Cambridge must take the bright points from the game.

“I really think with our performance in the second half we could have come away with the five points so that is pretty disappointing,” said the winger. “But we’ve got to try to stay positive about the second-half performance.

“We were all over them and they only scored one try, and I think we’ve just got to get that first half sorted; and all those negatives out of our system.

“This sort of day does suit our game so that is why we’re so gutted about the result. The weather couldn’t have been better for us and yet we didn’t really perform in the first half and let them straight into the game.”

Petrides admits that player-coach Darren Fox will be getting to work on the squad in training to correct the high number of missed tackles, a big factor in Dom Lespierre’s hat-trick for Old Elthamians.

But after wins at Fylde and Caldy, he thinks a trip to Plymouth Albion this Saturday could be beneficial.

“I think there are still a lot of things that we want to work on, but the way we kept the ball and the way we kept fighting to the end does show the type of rugby we want to play,” said Petrides.

“We’re getting all the long ones out of the way and have Plymouth this week, and it’s going to be a really tough journey.

“But if we play the brand of rugby that we did in the second half then I think we can put them on the ropes.”

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