Press Conference notes 27.12.18

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media ahead of Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match at Saracens.

Here’s what Alan had to say:

On the Northampton match

  • It was very disappointing. We were on the back foot in the first half but we were only 12-3 down at half-time.
  • The turning point came when they scored an interception try midway through the second half. That was a 14-point score.
  • We have got to look after the ball better. I am confident that the lineout will be sorted out.

On the trip to Saracens

  • They are one of the top teams in Europe, they are at home and they are coming off the back of a loss at Exeter.
    It will be a tough and challenging afternoon.

Will Be Te’o play?

  • Ben will definitely be involved and I can see him starting this weekend.
  • Ben has been very unfortunate with injuries since I arrived at Warriors. But he’s worked hard in training, he’s been enthusiastic, he’s a good player and I’m sure he will give a good account of himself this weekend.

Scott van Breda’s new contract

  • Scott is a good bloke and a good rugby player. He’s a versatile player who can play 15 or 10 and he’s also a good goalkicker so to have someone with his degree of versatility adds value to the squad.

Injuries

  • Ryan Mills suffered a bruised wrist against Northampton and is unlikely to play this weekend.
  • Marco Mama has got some soreness behind the knee he had surgery on.
  • Niall Annett he is recovering from the head knock he suffered in Pau.
  • Jamie Shillcock has an ankle injury and is unlikely to play in January.
  • Cornell du Preez will have an operation next month to remove a cyst. Once he’s had surgery we will get a clearer picture but he’s unlikely to play this season.
    Cornell has done some cardio-vascular and gym work but what he has been through is traumatic and we have given him some time away.