Jan 27, 2018
"It was a step up on our performances so far" says coach Powell after Anglo-Welsh win
After Saracens put in an impressive performance in tough conditions to claim an important victory over Dragons in the Anglo-Welsh Cup coach Adam Powell was keen to praise his young side.
“I’m really pleased” he said after the game. “I thought the boys adapted really well. [to the wet conditions]. It’s a big thing with this group of players, they’re very very young, and to be able to adapt to the conditions - it’s all part of their learning process and to change our game plan on the hoof to adapt to the weather, I thought they did that really well today."
Powell also praised his side for their focus throughout the game despite the efforts of a strong Dragons outfit. “I thought Newport played well, they had a plan to keep kicking on us and they put us under a bit of pressure” Powell reflected. “I think the first ten, fifteen minutes after half time Newport came back into the game quite strongly. In the past we haven’t reacted too well under that pressure and today I thought we bounced back and reacted really well. I’m really proud of the lads for doing that”
“It was a step up on our performances we’ve had so far” he added. “There’s still some things to work on our attacking breakdown could be a lot better than it was today some of our defensive maul stuff we need to work on but that’s exciting that’s what makes working with young players and a young group really exciting there’s always something to work on something to improve. As long as their enthusiasm is there, like it was today, then it’s not a problem.”
The Anglo-Welsh Cup competition is renowned for it’s role in the development of the next generation of rugby talent and, looking ahead to the trip to Exeter next weekend, Powell was keen to emphasise the opportunities the tournament gives younger players.
“This is a brilliant challenge for them” Powell said. “For the guys that step up against this sort of opposition it can open doors for them in to the first team and build a reputation that they can perform against the best teams. I just see it as a challenge and a great opportunity for those guys to step their game up and improve as players and as a team.”