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A few thoughts after Richmond
Diesel74 (IP Logged)
06 October, 2018 17:37
And gosh, how miserable do I feel?

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Moosemagic
Re: A few thoughts after Richmond
Moosemagic (IP Logged)
07 October, 2018 13:36
Nick Walsh came on to the supporters bus post game. His honesty and openness were well received by all, his opening statement, I apologise on behalf of the bus parked next to you for today's performance, spoke volumes.



Phil Reynolds

 
abdabs99rugby
Re: A few thoughts after Richmond
abdabs (IP Logged)
07 October, 2018 13:48
Yep...yesterday was as miserable as it gets both in terms of the weather for watching rugby and also the debacle that went on the pitch in terms of playing rugby. After a round trip of five hours and much debate in the car on the way home the conclusion was simple...the reason we were all feeling so down was that we know we are better than the team that ran out and attempted to play yesterday. We are not like the team that last came up and lost 20 something games on the bounce. That is why it hurts. Last week we had a glimpse of what could be...free flowing skilful rugby, solid defence, belief and a desire to win. Yesterday we sore none of this. Skill level was poor, dropped balls, wayward kicks and passes, miss tackles and seemingly no game plan. We lacked leadership and direction. Yes the weather was appalling but we have to learn to adapt. Richmond like Hartpury were not good but what they did was adapt to the conditions. They didn't try and run from deep, they didn't try long miss passes. They kept it tight and the scrum half and full back kicked sensibly. They made no errors and just let us make the mistakes and made hay when we did. Why we decided to go for a 50m penalty when 8 5 down and in the game God knows. We could have kicked into the corner and driven over...game on. Instead Kirby kicked back to the half way line, we infringed at the line out and they went on the attack.

But we have to move on. A quarter of the way into the season and things could have been worse. We were always going to behind the eight ball in this league after years out of it but we are still in the fight and with a talented squad. The coaches know this and we have to believe in them as we did last season. Yes we have the right to whinge as we are passionate supporters but we also have to stand by our team and encourage them to perform which I am sure we all do next week. Cheering when winning is easy but we need to cheer when we are down so let's get behind the team next week and get this season back on track.

Drive on Cov!

 
Johnflinn
Re: A few thoughts after Richmond
GM (IP Logged)
07 October, 2018 14:42
Had a good day at Richmond yesterday-a traditional club that welcomes visiting supporters, good humour and vocal support in the stand - it felt like the good old days. Oh, on the field a quick lesson to ‘re-learn’ - don’t run or throw wide passes ibehind your own 10m line when it is chucking it down (unless result and 4try bonus in the bag or desperately needing a try and it is last play). Hopefully the frustration of losing another game they could/should have won backing ability with pragmatic tactics will be put right quickly. That said, well worth the trip as the Cov support is great craic.

 
HoboAl
Re: A few thoughts after Richmond
HoboAl (IP Logged)
07 October, 2018 15:37
Abdabs yep we will be there on Saturday cheering in the stand and already booked on the coach to Ealing.

Gwan Cov!

 
Coventry Rugby Supporters Club
Re: A few thoughts after Richmond
Cliff Bennett (IP Logged)
07 October, 2018 16:09
The most revealing thing after the game was the non-verbals and the body language which was displayed by the management team. The players themselves weren't happy either.

 
HoboAl
Re: A few thoughts after Richmond
HoboAl (IP Logged)
07 October, 2018 16:57
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Cliff Bennett
The most revealing thing after the game was the non-verbals and the body language which was displayed by the management team. The players themselves weren't happy either.

The only reaction that matters is on the pitch in future games.

 
Wrenmore
Re: A few thoughts after Richmond
Leo (IP Logged)
08 October, 2018 10:27
Disappointed but it was never going to be easy the first season back in the second flight. It will be, and is, a steep learning curve for us all, fans, coaches and players alike. There are some good teams and experienced players in the championship who will exploit any weakness.

Notice the comments about not learning from the Hartpury game. Well we need to wise up because Hartpury are one of the side we need to take points off, they won that game being better disciplined and having more of a will to win.

We are a big side steeped in tradition, we need to forget that, be humble, build a platform on constancy, hard work and discipline if we are to move forward. Other wise............



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Rob C
Re: A few thoughts after Richmond
Rob C (IP Logged)
08 October, 2018 11:40
Quote:
Leo
Disappointed but it was never going to be easy the first season back in the second flight. It will be, and is, a steep learning curve for us all, fans, coaches and players alike. There are some good teams and experienced players in the championship who will exploit any weakness.
Notice the comments about not learning from the Hartpury game. Well we need to wise up because Hartpury are one of the side we need to take points off, they won that game being better disciplined and having more of a will to win.

We are a big side steeped in tradition, we need to forget that, be humble, build a platform on constancy, hard work and discipline if we are to move forward. Other wise............

Absolutely right Leo, but we only get one shot at this - that is why so many players with championship experience were brought in so we could hit the ground running.

The home victories were great but, let's face it, the purple patches that won those games for us were almost undone by a stream of penalties and unforced errors. Those two things were what ultimately cost us against London Irish and appear to have been the problem away from home.

It's also only a matter of time before the defensive workload the boys are putting in takes its toll injury-wise. We have to learn from the teams we've played so far and be far less profligate with hard-earned possession.

 
captainscarlet
Re: A few thoughts after Richmond
08 October, 2018 15:23
" we have shown we can compete with these top teams and not just that , but also that teams have to compete with us "...heath stevens after the london irish game.
So following on from the weekend , is it a case of despite what the coaches have told them they went into the game thinking it would be easy versus richmond. With team belief still in its infancy, with each other and mini teams within the whole unit still coming together. Confidence can easily be knocked. Lets hope things will be turned round, because going to Ealing in 2 weeks time with 4 losses would be exceptionally worrying even at this early stage of the season.London Scottish will come knowing they will face a very determined Cov team looking to get things back on track.
COME ON COV

 
John Butler
Re: A few thoughts after Richmond
John Butler (IP Logged)
09 October, 2018 08:04
London Scottish will come north smarting very much as well after their stuffing on Sunday


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