Press Conference Notes 21.02.18

Press Conference Notes

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the press today ahead of Sunday’s Aviva Premiership clash with London Irish at the Madejski Stadium (kick-off 1pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Gloucester performance

  • Backing up our win over Exeter Chiefs was important.
  • It was also important to produce a good performance in front of our home fans.
  • The first-half was a really good balance in both defence and attack. We managed the game well.
  • The second-half lost a bit of rhythm as lineouts didn’t operate as well as they could have but it was a gritty, determined defensive display which was really pleasing.

Defence

  • We made 233 tackles against Exeter and another 216 against Gloucester.
  • The players are taking great pride in their defence and it’s really positive to see.

London Irish

  • It’s a very big game and it’ll be a challenge. It’s important for both teams.
  • The nature of the occasion means it’s going to be tough from the off.
  • They’re a determined team and give a good account of themselves when they play. They were good against Northampton and they have some decent players.

Confidence

  • Confidence within the camp is certainly boosted after a couple of wins.
  • But everything is performance-focused and we must continue to try and perform to the best of our ability from week to week.

Alafoti Faosiliva

  • He had one of his best games for Warriors last weekend.
  • He is a physical, powerful carrier and in collision you can see his strength and explosiveness.

Isaac Miller

  • He is a good, young player who’s been starting a lot of games for London Scottish and has a leadership role, having captained them.
  • He will be an ideal fit at Sixways and he has lots of potential.

Michael Heaney

  • I watched him for Doncaster Knights a couple of times and he is a really good game manager.
  • His former club Ulster speak very highly of him.
  • He has a good head on his shoulders, he has a good understanding of the game and kicks well.

Players making the step up from the Championship

  • You only have to look as far as players like Darren Barry to see how players can make the move to the Premiership from the Championship and succeed.

2018/19 squad

  • I’m happy with how things are shaping up. We have strength in depth and a good blend of experience and youth.

Josh Adams

  • I’m disappointed for him that he hasn’t been selected for Wales but we’re always delighted to have him at Warriors.
  • He has recently played on two of the biggest stages in world rugby – Twickenham and the Principality Stadium.

Selection/team news

  • I’m positive that Sam Lewis will be available. He has gone through the return-to-play protocol.
  • I’m also positive that Francois Hougaard and Will Spencer will be fit for the weekend.
  • Josh Adams will be available for selection.