Press Conference Notes 28.08.18

Press Conference Notes

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s first Gallagher Premiership match of the season at Sixways against Wasps (kick-off 3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Pre-season

  • It’s been a long one but this is what we’ve been working towards.
  • It was important to get everyone that was fit some game-time and there’ll be more opportunities in coming weeks with Warriors and Cavaliers matches.

Wasps

  • They will be a big challenge. Every game this season in the Premiership will be a massive challenge.
  • There are no easy Saturday afternoons.
  • Wasps are a good side with some talented individuals so we know they’ll be a tough side to beat.
  • They have some players missing but they have plenty of strength in depth.
  • It’s important for us to focus on consistency of performance and the results will take care of themselves if we get the performance right.

Injury news

  • Isaac Miller is out with a fractured collarbone.
  • Scott van Breda has a shoulder problem and will be missing for a few weeks.
  • Jamie Shillcock had a knock to his knee so he’ll be out for a couple of weeks.
  • Ethan Waller is not far away from a return.
  • Bryce Heem is back in training.
  • Will Butler has had an operation on his elbow and is expected back around December time.

Starting at home

  • Starting at home is good for all involved – the players, staff and supporters.
  • It’s important to get off to a good start.
  • We have a heavy block of six Premiership games to get started and the competition will be fierce.

Scott van Breda

  • He has played all across the backline and he’s a good kicker both from the tee and from hand.

Jamie Shillcock

  • He will challenge for the ten jersey but he has the ability to play at 15. It’s good to have that versatility.

Goal-kicking

  • We have five players who can kick including all our fly-halves and both Chris Pennell and Scott van Breda.