PRESS NOTES: WORCESTER WARRIORS V GLOUCESTER RUGBY
12 August 2020
“Well, I think as a coaching group, we have looked ahead, across this period and thought about permutations, and obviously, everyone’s not going to be able to play every game. So, we’re trying to get a balance of, of getting through this period and seeing what everybody’s about.
“I think, for myself, and the lads who’ve come in, we have come in with a very open mind. We want to see what players are about. And from that point of view, it suits us to get everybody on the pitch and test them under pressure. These nine games will force you to do that anyway. But we’ve put together a balance of what we think is the right fit for this first game against Worcester. And that’s what we’ll do for all the games as much as we can. But as I say, we are forced to play everybody which, as a new coach coming in, is great.”
“Well obviously, Worcester have got a few coaching changes as well. We’ll all have watched each other, and you take what you think will be consistent (in their game). I think with the changes internally, there’s bits and pieces that we’d like to be consistent in our game, but we understand going into this, we won’t be perfect. We’ve looked at ourselves, we have looked at what’s there, obviously, but, the focus has really been on us, what are we trying to be good at, how are we trying to play and, at the end of the game, we’ll be able to work out where we are in terms of the small shifts we want to make. “
“It’s interesting geographically down here for me to work those sorts of things out. But I think it’s a great challenge. Worcester are a tough outfit, and they know how to have a good battle. They’re one of those teams, where it’s extremely tough to go to Worcester and win.
So, it’s a good challenge. It’s down the road, so it is a derby. I think it’s a good game for me to start off and be involved in because I know it’ll be tough. And I know, Worcester will put our lads under big pressure, and I know, our characters will be tested, from a fit, aggressive team. So, a nice one to start with in terms of finding out what we’re about. A tough game to start with because I know what Worcester are about.”
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