Bright feeling confident ahead of big kick-off
Mark Bright is in confident mood as Ealing Trailfinders begin the final countdown to the beginning of the Greene King IPA Championship season against Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday.
Bright helped Ben Ward’s side wrap up their pre-season preparation by scoring six tries in a 38-12 win over Hartpury College on Saturday.
Bright helped Ben Ward’s side wrap up their pre-season preparation by leading the team as they scored six tries in a 38-12 win over Hartpury College on Saturday.
“I think overall it’s another step in the right direction,” Bright said. “We probably made too many little errors which crept into the game in the last little bit and gave away a few too many penalties, but I think it’s another positive step in the right direction.
“Each game has been a bit different with different challenges. I think the boys have built nicely over pre-season into those three games. We had an 11-12-week pre-season and the games are over now, so we’ll have the rest of the weekend off and then come in on Monday and look forward to Yorkshire.”
Ealing Trailfinders began their pre-season in early June. It was a tough few months as the squad worked hard on the pitch and in the gym to ensure that they hit the ground running in pre-season.
Bright was one of a host of new faces to arrive in W13 over the summer, but he brought strong pedigree with him having played for England 7s at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and captained London Scottish in the Championship.
Last season he scored 28 tries in 26 appearances for the Exiles and he showed his try-scoring prowess with scores against Coventry and the Dragons. He also led the team out against the Dragons and Hartpury College.
“I was a bit nervous coming in at the start, but it has been really refreshing and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it so far,” he said. “I think the boys have gelled together really well.
“Tom (McLaughlin, S&C coach) has worked us pretty hard with his crew, but it is paying off as the boys are working really hard in the games and still feeling pretty good afterwards.
“It is good to be named captain. It’s not the be all and end all for me, I’d rather just play, but to be captain is pretty special. I’ve only been here 12 weeks and to be named captain is pretty special.”
Ealing Trailfinders v Yorkshire Carnegie, Vallis Way, 3pm, Saturday 3 Sept