Coach Talk – A report from Steve Hazzelby

What a good week for the team after the disappointment of the previous result against Loughbourough. A good five point win at home and a return to third in the table just nine points behind leaders Fylde with a game in hand.

Last Saturday we entertained old rivals Luctonians at Park Lane. They had not started their campaign very well with some disappointing results. Despite this we were taking nothing for granted as results in previous years had been quite close. They got on the scoreboard first with a penalty after four minutes but we hit back almost immeadiately with a great try for young tight head prop James Harper converted by Oli Glasse. This was backed up six minutes later with a wonderful converted try for flying winger Jamie Harrison to put us in a commanding 14-3 lead after just fifteen minutes.

It is fair to say that we were playing some good, powerful Rugby which Luctonians had no answer to. A great individual break by fly half Steve Collins was supported by No.8 Tom AilesĀ  to put the third converted try on the scoreboard for the Tigers. Luctonians to their credit did hit back with a converted try of their own but a great score for hooker Tom Coe after wonderful driving play by the forwards gave us a 26-10 lead at the interval. A great half of Rugby.

The second half proved to be disappointing for the boys as we seem to let them back into the game. Our set piece scrum was under constant pressure and we failed on a number of occasions to clear our lines to find touch. This combined with the number of penalties we gave away gave us no continuity and momentum. We did score two further converted tries from centre Oli Glasse and scrum half Callum Mcshane but Luctonians scored four more tries of their own to put the final score 40-34 to the Tigers and a five point win. There is a lesson to be learned here as we have to find a way of shutting out teams if we are to compete for top honours come the end of the season.

Next Saturday we are on the road to Hull. We have not played there for a number of seasons but we anticipate another hard game against a well organised team who have a good home record. Why not make your way along the M62 and give your much welcome support to the Tigers.

Cheers, Hazz

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