Glasgow Hawks 15
THERE were no complaints from Glasgow Hawks coach Finlay Gillies after his team were well beaten by Marr at Fullarton Park. He acknowledged that his side is packed full of players making their way for the first time at Premiership level, but warned them that it is a sink-or-swim environment so they have no time to feel sorry for themselves. They need to get back on the horse and come back stronger after a defeat that has seriously damaged their play-off aspirations.
“We were second best in everything today. Kaleem Baretto, the Marr scrum-half, was the outstanding player on the park and we can have no complaints about the result,” he said.
“We thought we had taken a big step forward when we came from behind and got a result against Boroughmuir last week, but it is a very young and inexperienced squad we have and a lot of these guys are having their first involvement in the Premiership – so they are doing well in some aspects, but they need to learn that if they are playing at this level then there is no room for not being spot on all the time.”
“Our scrum was terrible. Our line-out was terrible. We tried to force too may things. When we were under pressure we went off-side. We are just not doing the things that you need to do well if you want to get results at this level.”
“We came in at half-time and said that we knew what we needed to do to win this game, but then we didn’t learn the lesson.”
“This break [for the Autumn Test series] has come at the right time for us. We’ll give the boys a bit of time off on Tuesday, we’ll get back together on Thursday, but it is not about training, it is about trying to educate ourselves on why we ae doing things that don’t help the team.”
“We’ll watch the videos and reset, because there is potential in this team, but we need to understand how our mistakes are costing us.”
“None of this should take away from Marr,” he added. “They were by far the better team today. They were very impressive at maul, scrum and line-out. If you’ve got all those things you are going to be in the game. They have a very simple game-plan but if you can’t match it then you are going to struggle.”
“The big point I take out of this afternoon is that our boys are not getting out of it what they should do. We have got a very changed squad and it is a challenge, but we just need to get much, much better.”