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Davies delighted with Leeds' pre-season form

27 August 2004

Tykes Director of Rugby Phil Davies believes his team is ready to begin their assault on the Zurich Premiership after seeing his side win their third pre-season game, defeating Borders 39-0 at Headingley.

The Tykes have defeated Glasgow, Exeter and Borders in their warm up campaign and did not concede a try from open play in all the games, the only score against coming from a penalty try at Exeter, and Davies believes his side is ready for their Premiership opener against Gloucester at Headingley on 5th September.

Davies commented, "I been delighted with our pre-season form.  We were a little rusty against Glasgow but we picked up our intensity last week at Exeter and I was really pleased with our performance against Borders.

"They came to play a good brand of rugby and we had to work hard for our win, especially on defence, there were lots of positive signs for us.  I thought we looked sharp on attack but we will need to tighten up in the contact areas and our decision making but that will come with the intensity of the season proper," added Davies.

Scottish international Duncan Hodge played the full eighty minutes against his countrymen, scoring a try, and Davies was praised his effort, "Duncan looked strong both at fly half and centre and he has played well in pre-season. He is in the best shape he has been since coming to the club and he will be looking to make an impact this season," added Davies.

The Tykes scored five other tries through Matt Holt, Chris Bell, Alix Popham, Tom Biggs and Matt Cardey in the 39-0 victory to retain the annual Kukri Challenge trophy.