Nottingham Rugby Head Coach Martin Haag has been
reflecting on the recent 14-9 defeat away to Bedford in the Greene
King IPA Championship.
Haag saw his team battle it out in torrential conditions and
come away with a well deserved losing bonus point.
He said, "We don't like losing and we mustn't be happy with
losing. We felt that we could go there and win and we were
"I thought some of the elements that we've been working on in
training began to work in the game a bit more. There are some
elements that aren't quite there yet, but I thought in the first
half in particular, some of our attack was really good; we got good
gain line and good quick ball and put them under pressure. We
had a couple of opportunities in the first half which we didn't
take from five metres out from their line which may well have
changed the game.
"In the second half I thought we showed a lot of grit and a lot
of determination. At times the skill levels let us down, but
I was really pleased with people like Rory Lynn, Perry Humphreys
and Alfie Molloy playing their first games, plus young Ryan Hough
on the other wing, so we had a very young and very inexperienced
back three and they were put under a lot of pressure.
"There was some good kicking from Bedford and they got some
territory but I was really pleased with the character, we dug deep
and ended up getting a bonus point."
Haag is also pleased with the diminishing injury list that he
has to contend with as he looks to welcome back three key first
He continued, "We're getting people back, which is good.
Jon Vickers is hopefully going to be back on Friday, Rupert Cooper
is not far away and Joe Cobden had his first training session
today. He's still four to five weeks away but it's a great
opportunity for those guys to come back and add something.
"It'll create some competition for places and it'll freshen the
lads up a bit as well. We have been under the cosh and we
have been short of numbers, but the team spirit is there which is
good, so there's a real opportunity for those guys when they come
back to really add to the squad."
Nottingham returns to Championship action against London
Scottish on Friday (31st January) at Meadow Lane.
Tickets are available by calling the office on 0115 9070070.