Round 3 – Samurai Sportswear Coach’s Corner

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Coach's Corner

Round 3 Samurai Sportswear Coach’s Corner -

SFGG Rugby – Coach Neil Foote

Over the last two weeks one thing has become clear and that the PRP is a pretty intensive competition and requires you to perform at your best or you will struggle to get the result you want. In week two we came up against a really competitive Santa Monica team and we just didn’t get our basic skills right, our catch and pass skills under pressure and our decision making in contact was not up to standard, Our set piece lineout had a complete failure and we struggled to have any continuity which meant our attack relied on individual pieces of brilliance to function, what was pleasing was the improvement in our line speed and connection on defense. It was in fact a defensive play in the 72nd minute to seal the game with an intercept try going 90 meters to score by young lock Samuel Peri.

Last week we played a Life West team battling with injuries but they were everything we thought they would be, proud, skillful, physical. I was really pleased with our ball retention which has been a problem for us based around poor decision making, this was one of our critical few objectives for the match and it was pleasing to see the improvement and what it did for our attack. Our set piece is trucking along on the right path and we will look to little details and keep striving to be better.

The bye week has been a welcome relief to recover from some of the bumps and bruising taken in the first three weeks full of physical intensity. We have been in the gym this week and will look to lighten training toward the end of the week with a bit of fun to mentally refresh the boys. Really excited by the challenge OMBAC presents us in a couple of weeks we want to test ourselves against the best and that is what we are experiencing week in and week out with this competition.

OMBAC – Coach Jason Wood

We’re obviously pleased with the outcome this past Saturday at Belmont Shore but with Belmont Shore and Golden Gate both just 3 points behind us we cannot let down when we play Golden gate next week.

We are going to have a light week this week. Our session tonight will be at the beach and then Thursday we are taking off so some of the boys can travel to Las Vegas for the 7’s and then we will be back to our normal schedule next week getting ready for the big game on the 10th.

We’re looking forward to that one – Golden Gate is always a tough game and we expect nothing different next week.

Belmont Shore – Coach Ray Egan 

We were pleased with our performance against Olympic for 60mins, after we made some substitutions we seemed to loose our continuity and allowed Olympic to dominate the final 20mins which was disappointing. Our continuity and counter attack was much improved and our set piece was solid.Roll onto last weekend against OMBAC – We had a good preparation all week and it was set up to be a good contest but we came out flat and didn’t control the collisions early on. We seemed to make lots of small mistakes which just compounded into getting a good hiding for a finish. OMBAC played very well and put us under pressure from the start. We had opportunities in the first half which if we converted we could have been 22-13 up with little or no possession but we failed to execute. I am proud of the players and coaches we all put our hands up to say that we got that one wrong. Luckily all our players got thru the game with no major injuries so we have a full squad to train over the next couple of weeks.Next two weeks will be about recovery and working on our fundamental skills. We will review our 2-1 start and look to the next block of games and where we need to improve.

Olympic Club – Coach Ray Lehner
Saturday against Santa Monica it was important that our forwards put a physical stamp on the match, I believe they did, both in attack and defense.
We will need to continue to build on the strength of our pack as we head to life west in 2 weeks time.


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