3rd December 2019
Posted by: Faithful_City (IP Logged)
Date: 03 December, 2019 17:40
Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s European Challenge Cup match against Dragons at Sixways (kick-off 3.00pm).
Here’s what Alan had to say:
On the win over Sale Sharks
It was a massive win for us and four invaluable points.
We struggled to get any ascendancy in the first half because we turned over possession 12 times and we then gave away an interception try.
But we played intelligently when they went down to 14 men, we secured possession and dominated territory. We also reduced our error count.
We scored two tries, had one disallowed and had another opportunity with a kick down the right hand corner where the decision was to award them a penalty
On facing Dragons
They are a tough outfit and are particularly tough at Rodney Parade. They are very gritty and they some good players so they will be tough fixtures.
The players who will play on Saturday will enjoy playing here at Sixways in front of our home crowd.
Are you likely to rotate your squad?
The Sale match was a very physical one so there will be a rotation of players this week.
On re-signing Francois Venter and Nick Schonert
Francois is an outstanding player. He has got international experience, he’s a hard, physical player with a good skill-set, a good bloke a good team man.
Sharky has become one of the pre-eminent tightheads in the Premiership and he has come close to selection for England on several occasions.
Francois Venter rolled an ankle late in the first half against Sale. He will have scans later this week.
Caleb Montgomery has had surgery on a wrist injury and will be out of action for around 12 weeks from the time of the operation.