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Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38
Date: 09/04/2019 15:34

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Saturdayís Gallagher Premiership match against Sale Sharks at Sixways (kick-off 3.00pm).

Hereís what Alan had to say:

On last weekís Wasps match
In the opening 20 minutes we made it very difficult for ourselves. We started brightly, got a penalty but then we didnít handle the kick off very well. They got in behind us and got a try and then scored two more tries.
We got back into the game in the second 20 minutes and when Chris Pennell kicked that incredible penalty early in the second half it was 21-16.
But we could not get a foothold in their territory. There were five occasions when we got into their half and let them off the hook for a variety of different reasons.

On facing Sale
Itís a massive challenge for us. They had a good win against Harlequins at the weekend and they played very well.
They are a good all-round side with some really good players and they are well-organised.
Newcastle Falcons play Leicester Tigers on Friday night
We can only control the things that we can control and not worry about what is happening elsewhere.
Sale are quality opposition and we need to come out and play against them.
Three out of last four matches are at home
Itís important to play in front of your supporters at your home ground.
But what is also important is the performance that we deliver.

Nick Schonert missed the Wasps match because of a back spasm but he trained today and we expect him to play against Sale.
Jack Singleton has also trained today.
Michael Fatialofa has not trained today and we will assess him later in the week.
Bryce Heem hasnít trained today but we are optimistic that he will recover from his foot injury.
Anton Bresler has a calf injury and we will assess him on Thursday.
Pierce Phillips is going through the return-to-play protocols after his HIA.
Farai Mudariki suffered a head injury in Mondayís Cavaliers match against Wasps A
Jono Lance has been cleared to train but we need to see how is later in the week.
Josh Adams sustained a dead leg at Wasps and we need to look at him again.
Ashley Beck has been training but is unlikely to play again this season.
GJ van Velze is making good progress and we expect him to be back, possibly after this block of matches.
Ollie Lawrence had an operation earlier this week and he wonít play again this season.
Jamie Shillcock could possibly play again before the end of the season.

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