Nottingham Rugby Head Coach Martin Haag gave his
thoughts on the Six Nations during a media session at the club's
Lady Bay training base on Tuesday (4th
The former England lock managed to watch the thrilling 26-24
match played out between England and France while enjoying some
well deserved family time after Nottingham's excellent 15-3 victory
against London Scottish.
Commenting on the match, he said, "The Six Nations was
good. Certainly with England, I was very pleased with the way
they played. I thought in the first half; unfortunately they
got out muscled a bit. Up front France were very hot.
But to change it round in the second half with the young team that
they had, I thought they were superb and could've gone on and won
it and when they look back they probably should have done.
But that's their learning curve. If they come out and play
like that this weekend I'm sure they'll get the victory and be on
the upward curve again."
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster came in for some criticism
regarding his substitutions during the match and Haag was asked his
views on the subject.
He said, "I always look at my substitutions. Sometimes
there's a gut feeling that you're going to put somebody on.
At times there's a plan, but as with all plans, sometimes they
change. Someone may get injured; sometimes the person you
were going to replace is playing really well.
"I don't know what's Stuart's plan was, I wouldn't want to
comment, but for us, it's usually a case of making reactions
depending on how the game's going. You also have to look at
the intensity of the Six Nations; they've got two big weeks
followed by one week of rest, then two more big weeks. A bit
like us, not everyone can play all of the time. The most
important thing is that the person who comes on is ready to perform
and help the team."