Press Conference Notes 06.03.19

Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Exeter Chiefs at Sixways.

Here’s what Alan had to say:

On the defeat at Newcastle

  • We didn’t do ourselves justice. We didn’t control the key moments and allowed them to dominate the collisions.
  • The turning point came at 10-6 when we had the opportunity to score out wide but a pass went into touch. They scored their second try soon afterwards and that was a 14 point turnaround.
  • We struggled at lineout time and made a number of handling and passing errors. Newcastle’s nine and ten pinned us in our own half and they had 67 per cent territory in the second half.

On facing Exeter

  • We had a very good training session today, we will practise again on Thursday and have Friday off.
  • It’s a massive game against one of the top two teams in the Premiership. Like Saracens, Exeter are a very powerful team and it’s going to be a massive challenge.
  • Exeter are a very physical team and so we are expecting very physical game.

Chris Pennell’s Testimonial Day

  • Chris has been a fantastic servant to the club. He’s a good player, a good bloke and fantastic team man.
  • He’s a very intelligent player, he’s consistent and reliable and a good all-round footballer.
  • I hope that we can produce a performance that befits the occasion.

Luke Baldwin’s loan move to Harlequins

  • Luke needs some game time. There are no Cavaliers matches at the moment and Harlequins needed a scrum-half.
  • It’s a win-win situation and it’s good to see Luke back in action.
  • He won’t be able to play against us in the European Challenge Cup quarter-final as he is cup-tied having played for us against Stade Francais in Paris.

Injuries

  • Jack Singleton has suffered ligament damage in an elbow. He is seeing a specialist but he won’t be fit to play against Exeter
  • Niall Annett has been able to practise today. He has made good progress with his recovery from a shoulder injury but we will assess him further on Thursday.
  • Beck Cutting is not available at the moment because he suffered an ankle injury playing for Bath University last week.
  • Marco Mama suffered a head injury at Newcastle. He is going through the return-to-play protocol but we are optimistic that he will be able to play against Exeter.
  • Perry Humphreys is taking a full part in practise this week and should be fit for consideration for selection against Bristol in two weeks’ time.