Yapp looks to learn from first game in charge

Warriors Women Director of Rugby Jo Yapp was left disappointed after her side’s 53-0 defeat to Gloucester-Hartpury but insists it gives them a chance to learn.

The visitors were kept on the defensive throughout Yapp’s first game in charge but did have several bright spells.

Warriors’ new boss believes her side can learn from the game.

“It’s just a learning opportunity for me to see how the players front up in those sorts of games. There is some frustration because today we made some really poor decisions,” she said.

“I can’t fault the players’ effort because there was lots of effort and they worked hard for those 80 minutes but there is a mental switch around some of our decision making.

“That allowed Hartpury to get into the game and gain that momentum.

“You learn a lot about individuals as well as collectively the team about who fronts up and keeps the team going. We’ve learnt an awful lot today.”

The loss is Warriors’ fifth consecutive defeat of the Tyrrells Premier 15s season and Yapp thinks her side need to rediscover their belief that they can beat teams.

“I don’t think we can forget the game, we just have to learn from it,” she added, “ultimately there’s loads to learn from and we need to start getting belief in ourselves.

“The belief that we can turn sides over and at the minute that’s what we have to work on because we’ve had a tough run over the last couple of seasons.

“For us now it’s about changing that mindset and getting that belief back in them. That comes from setting small targets and focussing on those, not just looking at the overall outlook.

“There were some wins for us today, there were some areas of play that were better but we need to build on that and eventually the confidence will come.”