SWINDON head coach Nick Brooks is keen to ‘keep the fun bus rolling’ this weekend as the two rugby clubs in the town go head to head.

High-flying Swindon travel to local rivals Swindon College Old Boys in Southern Counties South this afternoon knowing a win will give them a league double.

Brooks’ men triumphed 33-27 during mid-October in a feisty and combative match that featured two games into a five-game unbeaten run for the blue and yellows.

Now third, visitors Swindon could reclaim second place from Frome if county-rivals Corsham do Brooks’ side a favour and nab an unlikely success on home turf.

The Swindon coach is putting no extra pressure on his players however, and says as long as their usual standard of rugby is kept up, Brooks can accept the occasional defeat.

He said: “This weekend is the big one for us in terms of league action.

“We’re trying to keep the momentum going from past results and keep the fun bus rolling.

“If we keep our league from ticking over nicely, whatever comes out of the league comes out of the league.

“I’ve said it before, but we’re focusing on the cup games and the road to Twickenham in the Intermediate Cup.

“We’ll see how the league ends up, but we’re in a prime position to taste glory in both competitions as things stand.”

Despite there being five places and 20 points separating the town rivals, Brooks said form goes out of the window when derby matches take place.

The head coach says he will simply ask his squad to keep their heads when they are on the field and if the second-half performance from last week’s cup win is continued, victory should be more than likely.

Brooks said: “For this game, it does not matter where either team is in the league – it’s a local derby, it’s bragging rights for the town.

“If we get the double over them then we’ll have massive bragging rights. If they stop us then they’ll be able to say that we’re no better than them.

“There’s a lot riding on this game – it’s more than just points.

“We just want to see some continuity from our game. We want the same standard of rugby every week whether it’s cup or league.

“We want it to be our calling card, so players know the kind of culture they’re coming into.”