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Coaches comments on loss to Bournemouth

5 months ago By Jon Hill

Head Coach Jon Hill comments on 17-27 loss at home to a well drilled Bournemouth outfit

"A bitterly disappointing loss at home to an impressive Bournemouth team leaves us with no league points for our efforts.

"Bournemouth looked after the ball better than we did and were much more disciplined , a fact highlighted by the fact that we suffered three yellow cards throughout the game, playing 30 mins with just 14 men.

"We were beaten by the better side, who looked after the ball for long Periods of play and were direct with their play, making inroads around weak fringe defence from ourselves.

"Bournemouth won the territorial battle with a better kick game , and we tried to run our way out of our own 22 on too many occasions. Even in the first half when facing a big wind, we had opportunities to clear our lines, but struggled. We inevitably gave penalties away by playing too many phases and making errors.

"Much credit must go to Bournemouth who were very smart in the second half. They ran direct running lines, nothing flash, but very effective. When we had the ball, even with a massive wind , we failed to play territory, once again, trying to chase the game by scoring from deep. Disappointing because this is something we have talked about a lot, but failed to action.

"Ben Hawley (pictured) was outstanding in our pack, and Jack Fahy led by example from start to finish with some crunching hits. We will reflect and we must learn lessons. Today, we were beaten by a better side on the day, whose ball retention, work rate and execution of game plan was better than ours. Not something we often say, especially at home, and not something I ever want to say again.

Well done to Bournemouth, onwards and upwards for us."



Updated 09:57 - 23 Oct 2017 by Exmouth RFC Webmaster

Where next?

Get well soon Tom Whelan, knocked out and concussed in the very last minute by a Bournemouth player
Home Games On !! Following this mornings pitch inspection , the 1st and 2nd xv double header against Bournemouth is ON.


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