Conference Notes 30th December 2019
Posted by: Faithful_City (IP Logged)
Date: 06 January, 2020 11:59
Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match at Saracens.
Here’s what Alan had to say:
On the London Irish win
We turned over too much ball – around 22 during the match – and that made a huge difference. We could not build any pressure.
In the first half we left at least three tries – including the one Tom Howe had disallowed – out there.
But the key thing is that we won and we also denied Irish a bonus point. Winning the game was the biggest positive to come out of the game.
On facing Saracens
It will be a massive test. They are the best team in Europe and they are likely to be smarting from losing at Exeter yesterday.
They are an outstanding team who can field virtually a full international side.
It’s a major challenge and we need to be on our mettle to compete against them, but whoever goes there will relish that challenge.
Are you likely to rotate the squad?
There may be some enforced changes because of injury. But we have had three tough games on the bounce so there is likely to be some rotation.
We have got good depth in the squad and when appropriate – as we did at Harlequins – rotation will be used.
Duncan Weir has got to see a dentist to assess the damage to his teeth and jaw, which already has a plate in there.
Nick Schonert failed a head injury assessment and he will have to go through the return-to-play protocol.
Melani Nanai has had an injection in a shoulder which we hope will clear up the injury that ruled him out of the Irish match.
Marco Mama is available this weekend.
Ollie Lawrence is in the Cavaliers squad against Northampton Wanderers this evening.
Will Butler was sent home today because of illness.