Here are Tony & Chris' views and comments from last weekends game.
As far as frustrating afternoons go Saturday against Henley is right up there. We know Henley can be a dangerous side but on Saturday you had to admire their defence, don’t get me wrong we were very blunt in our attack,but credit to Henley they threw their body’s on the line and managed to hold on until the final whistle.
The biggest area of concern I think for us was our speed to the breakdown which allowed Henley time to turn ball over or worst case for them slow things up. You can also add to that dropped balls forward passes and a whole host of things that will turn a coach grey over the 80 minutes. There were how ever a lot of positives we held onto the ball for lots of phases and moved through the middle third of the field quite quickly and some of our sets of defence were excellent. I think the Henley coach summed up the game when he said to me after the game that they were chuffed with the result having defended for what felt like 78 minutes of the game.
This week we’ll look to keep the energy of training high and make sure we work on our accuracy and put together a pattern that we can use in the opposition 22 that will hopefully serve us better in coming weeks. The good thing about this league is you only need to wait 7 days to get back out there and try and put things right, but that’s not going to be easy as on Saturday we’re facing last years national one team OA’s away.
Saturday was a tough fixture and we came up short.Frustratingly we got many facets of the game right and had the lions share of possession and territory. However, these count for nothing if you cannot finish chances.
Our scrum worked hard and in difficult conditions the line out functioned well.However, we gave up possession too easily and whilst camped on their line for long periods, did not have the acumen to cross.
We have worked hard in training this week to rectify our issues. We have a great group of players who are motivated to get better and I feel we have moved a long way this week.
OAs present a difficult hurdle this weekend. Traditionally strong at home, we will have to be at our best to overcome them