Conference notes 6th January 2020
Posted by: Faithful_City (IP Logged)
Date: 07 January, 2020 20:17
Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s European Challenge Cup match against Enisei-STM at Sixways.
Here’s what Alan had to say:
On Michael Fatialofa’s injury
Michael is still in intensive care and his condition remains serious.
He’s in good hands and he has the support of the entire club – owners, players and staff – as well as the whole rugby community.
Everyone’s thoughts and prayers are with Michael and his family.
Michael is a very well thought of. He’s a popular member of the squad and he is very highly-regarded by the other players.
On the Saracens match
You have got to give full marks to Saracens. They were outstanding and they were on top of us throughout the game.
There are some harsh lessons to be learnt from the match. Rugby is a collision sport and Saracens certainly won the collisions on the day.
They got onto the front foot, they won quick ball and they were clinical in their finishing.
What were the positives?
Ollie Lawrence combined well with Ed Fidow and Ed had a bit of work to do to score it but, if you are brutally honest, there were few positives to take away.
Will you rotate the side for Enisei?
Some of the lads will play again but there will be changes and opportunities will be given to some of our younger players.
In order to give ourselves a chance of reaching the quarter-finals we are going to need a bonus point win in each of our two remaining pool matches.
The focus really has to be on our game and making sure that we get our performance right.
Ryan Mills suffered a bruised foot against Saracens. It’s not as bad as we initially feared.
Conor Carey ruptured an Achilles tendon at Saracens.
Sam Lewis suffered a suspected fractured cheekbone at Saracens.
Callum Black is going to see a specialist about a foot problem.
Duncan Weir has had dental work done but his jaw is still painful.
Nick Schonert has trained today and he may be required to be on the bench on Saturday because we are running short of tightheads.
Cornell du Preez is coming on well and he should be fit to face Castres next week.
Perry Humphreys took a knock to the ankle but he should be fine against Castres.