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.
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
"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
"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
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.