Press Conference Notes 22.10.19

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media ahead of Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match at Northampton Saints (kick-off 2.00pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

On the opening day win over Leicester Tigers

  • It was very important to get the campaign off to a good start and to get four points.
  • The game never really got pace into it. It was very stop-start and we were unable to inject the tempo we would have liked.
  • There were 13 penalties against us, a lot of them at the breakdown, and we will be certainly looking to reduce that this week and going forward.

What aspects of the win pleased you?

  • I was very pleased with Duncan Weir’s kicking and we had some good passages of play in attack.
  • Ted Hill had an exceptional game and I would be shocked if Ted is not a major figure in the next Rugby World Cup.

On facing Northampton

  • The game will have a lot more tempo in it, that’s for sure because Northampton like to get pace into their game and Franklin’s Gardens is a fast track to play on.
  • Northampton won away at Saracens at the weekend. Although Saracens are missing a number of players that was still a very good win on the road so we are in for a tough game.

Will Joe Taufete’e and Ed Fidow play this weekend?

  • They both arrived back at the end of last week and they have been straight into training.
  • It’s easier for Joe because he has been part and parcel of the club for some time.
  • Ed has not played a match for us. He is still getting used to our systems so he will need a bit of time to bed in, We will assess his progress at the end of the week.

Injuries

  • Andrew Kitchener has an infected thumb and he has not trained this week.
  • Justin Clegg has come through the HIA proptocols after the head injury he sustained playing for Hartpury.
  • Graham Kitchener has had a stiff back. He started against Leicester but has not been able to train so far this week.
  • Sam Lewis should be fine this weekend. We took him out last week to allow him to recover from his rib injury.