NEAL KENNEDY believes that a rise in confidence at Windsor Dames was key to their 20-18 win against Reading on Sunday.

Windsor have made the perfect start to the new season, backing up their opening day victory at Witney with success over their Berkshire rivals.

The Dames led 13-10 at the half-time interval at Home Park thanks to tries from Nikita Finlay and Allie Nelkon plus a penalty from the boot of Cherelle Jameson.

Reading hit back to edge ahead after the break until Kayla Barreto touched down and Jameson slotted the conversion between the posts.

Windsor head coach Kennedy told the Observer: “It was a tight game and it always has been with Reading. Matches with them have never been particularly one sided so that’s exactly what we were expecting.

“We knew that we would have to be at our best because Reading are an experienced team and know exactly what it takes to win.

“Generally we’ve been quite slow to get going in matches, but we started well and were the more attacking side in the first half.

“We probably should have scored more tries than we did but the defence from Reading was good, in our faces and quite string.

“We probably should have been a little further ahead at half-time, but the message to the players was to keep on doing what they had been, keep the pressure on and play attacking rugby.

“If we can defend well, strong and tight, then we’ve got the players to score tries and I was always confident that we would win.”

He continued: “We’re confident that we can win a tight game of rugby whereas we would have lost that match in the past.

“Reading are always one of the strongest teams in the league because they’re coached well with experienced players.

“They always have that core of experience whereas we have a young team with people that have been playing for four years or less.

"We had a 17-year-old full-back plus 18-year-olds at prop and on the wing, so it's about the youth that we're trying to bring through."

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