Thursday, 9 January 2014

Paul John focused on Ponty's BIC success

Pontypridd RFC senior coach Paul John has his sights firmly set this week on the club's crunch British & Irish Cup qualifying tie against London Welsh, and his hopes set on securing a vital win from the encounter.

Having been unveiled on Monday as Cardiff Blues' new backs coach, Paul John will also maintain his current role with Pontypridd. He is determined to push his squad towards further success, with progress in the prestigious British & Irish Cup tournament a priority.

Pontypridd gained a hard fought home win over English Championship high flyers London Welsh in the reverse fixture back in October. Ironically that was the last game in charge of Dale McIntosh as senior coach before he departed to work full time for the Blues.

Whilst following in McIntosh's footsteps to regional status, Paul John remains committed to  pushing the Pontypridd squad towards further honours. That quest commences on Sunday with the away BIC tie against the Exiles.

"This is simply a massive game for us" said John in the lead up to the London Welsh clash. "Its tight at the top of our qualifying pool and after going down to a narrow defeat at London Scottish last time out we need to go on another cross border raid and this time come away with a result.

"It will undoubtedly be a tough challenge, and Justin Burnell being from the Ponty area will want nothing more than to get one over us and cancel out our win at Sardis Road back in October.

"We will need our players to be on top form and fully focussed, and our travelling support once more to be there in numbers and to be very vocal to spur us on. This will be another opportunity for Pontypridd to make a statement of intent, going head to head against a fully pro English side.

"We aim to come away from the Kassam Stadium on Sunday with our destiny still in our own hands and with a chance to progress in the British & Irish Cup."


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