West need to plug the holes in their defence

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WEST head coach Ewan Smith says he is generally happy with the squad’s performance - but insisits they will need to tighten up their ‘leaky’ defence when they face Greenock Wanderers away from home on Saturday.

He said: “We are in good spirits after our 53-26 win against Ardrossan Accies last week.

“We rallied back from 22-36 down to score 31 unanswered points with some exciting attacking play.

“It was edge of the seat stuff, but they will need to tighten up their leaky defence as this is where we gave away the points.”

The coach added: “The boys showed a tremendous strength of character and belief to keep themselves in the game and we need to tap into this determination in our match against Greenock on Saturday.”

Smith (below) said the training had been going well and hoped it would stand them in good stead against Greenock who are one place above them in the RBS Champions A League.

Although last Saturday’s game was a real confidence boost Smith admitted: “We’ll be spending some time on our defence and set piece this week as we underperformed in these areas against Ardrossan.

“Greenock will be a tough opposition and apart from their first game of the season they have been very competitive and are undefeated at home so far this season.’

Commenting on the squad that will face Greenock, Smith said: “We will be without Calum Hastie and Gordon Bulloch this week with Jack Walker doubtful, however Calum Morrison, Chris Love and Conor Davis are all in contention as is new arrival Andrew Love who impressed for the 2’s at the weekend”.