McCarthy happy with win but still looking for more from group
13 September 2016
Gloucester United dogged out a 22-19 A League victory over Saracens Storm on Monday evening. Head of Academy Neil McCarthy was in charge of the team and spoke positively after the game whilst stressing that he’s still seeking improvement.
The United have been competing in the Northern Conference for the past couple of seasons, but are playing in the Southern equivalent this season.
So, Saracens are a slightly unfamiliar opponent at this level, and McCarthy praised his young team for battling their way to a win when they were up against it for long periods.
“We want to try and change the mentality in this group of young lads to players who won’t accept a defeat. So, for us to get across the line, having to dog it out and graft was unbelievably good as there were a lot of young lads out there.
“From that perspective, most pleasing, an excellent performance.”
The catch and drive was a potent weapon on the night. Two tries came directly from this tactic, and a third also owed lots to it. McCarthy acknowledged its potency.
“We want to be an attacking threat everywhere. So, if we’ve got to drive in a game like this because that’s the strength we’ve got, then we’ll drive and I’ve got no issue with that.
“What was also pleasing was the conditioning of the lads. We had to defend for long periods, and the shift in emphasis in terms of conditioning this year is something these young lads have really benefitted from.
“Sometimes you have to tough games out. And that was a game that we probably had no right to win in some periods. So, it was good.”
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