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Haag Delighted With Discipline

Nottingham Rugby Head Coach Martin Haag has praised the discipline showed by his side in the heroic 15-3 victory over London Scottish in the team's last outing.

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The Green and Whites were under the cosh for the majority of the second half against the Championship high-flyers, but managed to restrict their opponents to a single penalty shot, which struck the post, in a tremendous defensive display.

Reflecting on the performance, Haag said, "I was very pleased with the lads.  I give credit to the team and the subs and the squad who have been working incredibly hard all season.

"There's also credit due to Ben Johnston and Neil Fowkes who have been working hard behind the scenes to improve what we're doing.  There's also Jo Brun, who's been working them hard in the gym to improve their fitness plus Nav Sandhu and Matt Taylor who have been working hard to get everyone fit and back out on the pitch.

"So I think a lot of credit goes to the support staff but also to the lads.  I thought they fronted up on Friday, worked hard for 80 minutes, were very disciplined and didn't allow London Scottish to dictate physically, so I was very pleased with the result.

"Defence is a big part of the game, especially in those conditions, but then so was our discipline.  We could easily have given them penalties which would have led to lineouts five metres out from our own line and then it would have been difficult, but we were disciplined and we worked hard.

"When we did have the ball we coughed it up a bit too often and gave away penalties so that is something for us to work on still.  There were times in the second half when we were in good positions but dropped the ball or turned it over and when you've got the wind against you, you get the ball booted 50 yards back downfield and you have to defend again.  If we can keep hold of the ball for a bit longer, hopefully we can still dominate even when we have to defend."

Haag was also pleased to see more invention on display from his backline, something he attributes to the return of players from injury.

He continued, "There will be more invention behind the scrum as we start to get people back from injury.  Today we've had 25 people training, which is the most we've had for a long time.  Joe Cobden is back training again, so he's on his way back and we had Perry Humphreys here from Leicester, so certainly, with the numbers, we're able to show that extra invention.

"Having said that, our game at the moment is based around our set piece and I was pleased with that at the weekend in the conditions.  I thought some of our kicking was very good, Matthew Jarvis had a very good game and Rory Lynn at full back played very well again in the conditions.  Perhaps it was a benefit to us having played Bedford the week before in similar conditions but we played in the right areas and I thought some of our execution was excellent as we did some of the simple things, in those conditions, really well.  And we'll need to do that again this weekend."

Nottingham head to Jersey this Saturday (8th February) looking to continue their recent upturn in performances.  After that they face Bristol at Meadow Lane on Sunday 16th February.  To book tickets for that match, call the Nottingham Rugby office on 0115 9070070.


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