'Good to see Ben Davies back' — Carey

ASSISTANT boss Peter Carey lauded forwards Ben Davies and Craig Briscoe after Oldham’s 60-0, 11-try win at Coventry.

In the Roughyeds’ first visit to the Butts Park Arena, prop Davies played his first game of the season after a long-standing back complaint and second-row man Briscoe, who has been battling to overcome knee trouble for most of his time at the club, put in his first 80-minute stint of the season, scored two tries and looked in fine fettle.

Said Carey:

“It was good to rotate and give lads some much-needed game time.

“Craig (Briscoe) did the full 80, took his tries well and will benefit from that.

“As for Ben (Davies) it was nice to see him back on the field.

“He had three good spells, scored our first try and it was good to see him getting back to full match fitness and coming through okay in his first game of the season.”

Carey said the score reflected the team’s hard work in defence and its professionalism in achieving a seventh league win in a row.

He added:

“We talked when we got here about giving the opposition total respect in our attitude to the game and in the way we played.

“It was always our intention to put in the sort of performance we put in against Doncaster and for most of the game I thought we did that.

“Defensively we were sound right across the park. Aggressive defence and good line speed worked for us and the only time we surrendered field position was on the occasions we gave away some silly penalties.”

Overall penalty count was 5-4 to the Bears, but in the second half it was 4-1.

“We dominated the game. The middle unit got on a roll in yardage sets and on the back of that the backs came in and did their job too.

“There was another big game from ‘Langers’ (Danny Langtree), who gave one of his trademark performances both at second-row and also at loose-forward when we moved him there.

“He always plays well in the second-row, but he looked good at loose as well, putting pressure on their defence all the time and taking a lot of stopping.

“We moved a few people around to give them and others game time and all that seemed to work well too.”

The big four sitting out the latter part of the game were Luke Nelmes, Matty Wilkinson, Paul Crook and Langtree with Jack Holmes in at half-back for Crook, after playing most of the game at centre, and Zack McComb in at centre.

Final few words from the assistant boss:

“We’ve now got to take this form into next Sunday’s home game against London Skolars.

“We’ll be looking for a similar type of performance with which to take into the very important game at Hunslet the following week.”

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