Coaches Comments on Bournemouth game
Sometimes games are won and lost on very fine margins, and without doubt, even though we played the second half with 14 players, we were on the wrong side of very fine margins today.
At 13-7 down, with ten mins to play, I felt that we really could have won the game 14-13 , as we were dominating field position and possession. We worked so hard as a team with a man down, and had a number of good opportunities to score in the second half.
You have to give full credit to Bournemouth for the way they defended inside their 22, in what was a full blooded affair with both teams throwing everything at each other throughout. There was a bite to the game , and the man in the middle was keen to make an impact in the game , brandishing cards and pitch changes to ensure everyone knew who was in charge. Sometimes you have to adapt to the way the game is managed , and I am not sure we were able to effectively reset ourselves following some key decisions that went against us. This is something we need to work on as a team.
Two tries, and a penalty to Bournemouth in the last few minutes of the game flattered the score line, but credit to them for taking their chances in the 22 which was the difference between the two sides on the day.
Harry Ottaway had a decent debut at full back and is certainly one for the future, and Sam Fellows gave a good account of himself on his debut too. In a side missing the likes of established 1st teamers Whelan, Bright, Halse, McGregor, Hawley and Ryan , nobody could ever question to work rate and commitment levels of the 18 man squad who gave everything. We lacked a little bit of accuracy and discipline in our play in their 22 and this is a work on for us.
Updated 15:57 - 5 Feb 2018 by Exmouth RFC Webmaster
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