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Mark Ireland's Blog 11th February 2010
Mark Ireland

It's Never Easy To Take Defeat
11th february 2010

It´s never easy to take defeat, especially in a derby game against the likes of Exeter. There were some pleasing aspects to the game at the weekend, the first half in particular, but the overthrown line-out resulting in an Exeter score at the end of the first half was a cruel blow.

We came away from the game with a few things to work on, which were well identified by the coaching staff. One of which was using our vision up the field to react and attack to what the opposition are doing in defence.

We´ve maybe been guilty of playing too conservatively in some areas, and overplaying in other parts of the field. So, this week has focused around us identifying spaces and defensive patterns of the opposition and attacking.

It´s great as a player having the confidence of the coaches to be told to go out and play, and back your ability. This is something we have felt we had at the start of the season and have perhaps forgotten as players of late. This isn´t to say we´ll be going out and playing 'Sevens' style rugby, but variety is the key.

Next up is Plymouth away, never an easy place to go, as I´m sure you´re all aware. It is a British & Irish cup game, but to us, it´s another game to build towards the play- offs and improve our game further. It's always a huge battle at Brickfields and the boys will be throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at it, so we´d love to hear the ever strong away support in full spirit getting behind us.

On a more amusing note, the fat-testing callipers have been out last week and as a result “fat club” has begun, which mainly consists of the 'front five' getting roped in for extra conditioning. There is always the odd surprise sausage body from left field that crops up in there though, and this time it is the turn of Rob “ I have a body like a block of cheese” Cook! The banter has come thick and fast for him and his only saving grace is his high quality on field performances this season! But best lay off the Wetherspoons big breakfasts 'Cookie!'

Finally, a cracker of a quote from Tyrone Holmes at the end of the Exeter game that I felt needed sharing, whilst warming down he asked, “Do the Chiefs have a nickname?!”

See you Saturday


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