Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Bristol Bears at Ashton Gate.
Here’s what Alan had to say:
On the prospect of the return of spectators for the Bath match on December 5
- It’s fantastic news. We won’t know until Thursday which tier Worcester will be in but the prospect of having our 16th man back – even if it’s not going to be a full house – is exciting.
- Our Operations Team have met to put plans in place. Gené Willis, our Head of Stadium Operations and also our Covid Manager, has already done a fantastic job on the systems and protocols that have allowed us to resume training and playing again.
- Although the news from the Government took everyone by surprise it will be wonderful to have crowds back again.
- It’s vital financially that we have people coming through the gates again and it also benefits the players because crowds create the matchday atmosphere.
On the London Irish win
- Getting the win was important and we showed a lot of mental resilience.
- In the first half we created a number of opportunities inside their 22 which we didn’t close out. We dominated for 60 minutes but Irish then took the lead 10-6 with a converted try.
- We came back immediately and regained the lead through Tom Howe’s try and we held on for the win.
- The fact that we created so many chances is a real positive. If you don’t create chances you have got a real problem.
- The coaches have got stuck in this week to make sure that we close those opportunities out but the manner in which we played in the first half and the dominance we had was very encouraging.
What do you expect from Bristol?
- Pat Lam has done a terrific job there as is evidenced by what they achieved last season, winning the European Challenge Cup and reaching the Gallagher Premiership play-offs.
- They are a very good side. They have good skills, they play the game in their way so we have got to be alive and alert.
Will any of your international players be available?
- Ted Hill has trained with us all week. It’s fantastic to have him back although you do want as many of your players as possible to be representing their country.
- Although Scotland don’t have a match this weekend, Duncan Weir and Cornell du Preez will remain with Scotland as they will play again next week. Duncan had a very solid game for Scotland in their defeat by France and he’s had a good autumn series with Scotland
- We had no fresh injuries at the weekend. One or two players are back in full training this week but they are a week or two away from playing.