RUGBY: Swindon's Cox cannot wait for Devizes test

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter, @tbassam

SWINDON lock Dave Cox says he his is relishing this weekend’s local derby with Devizes and is looking for his side to be on the backlash after a couple of flat performances.

Both sides are set for mid-table, safe and with no hope of challenging the top of the league so local pride is the only thing riding on the fixture.

The best Swindon can hope for from their season is third, a place they’ll need wins in all their remaining fixtures to attain.

When Devizes came to Greenbdrige Road in December, exactly like last Saturday against Cheltenham, the match ended in a stalemate with Adam Westall missing the game’s final kick for the win.

Cox did not feature in that game but this time around wants to make sure his team gets the over the line and is hoping that reeling in third-placed Windsor is not out of the equation.

“We want to finish strongly and there’s still third to play for,” said Cox.

“It’s a massive game for us, a Wiltshire derby, it’s a game where we drew at home in December. By all accounts, we could have had a result, though they’ve had a couple of good results recently so it will be a hard game. I’m relishing the chance to play be involved in big local derbies

“Normally Salbury is our only local derby, to get the opportunity to have another big local derby against a side that fancies themselves is something to look forward to.

Cox did not think that just because Swindon’s season is technically has little riding on it that the guys are are lacking motivation.

“You still want to come as high you can. We could get the backlash of our poor performances, we’re due a big performance I think.”

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