Too cautious approach threatens Championship survival
Monday 7th January 2013, 3:00PM GMT.
A FAR too cautious mental approach against sides at the bottom is threatening to derail Jersey’s spirited campaign for RFU Championship survival.
Director of rugby Ben Harvey, speaking after the 23-19 defeat away to Mosele, said that there was a problem:
‘We felt, why can’t we win here today? I think we are a better side than Mosley, although Kevin [Maggs, the Moseley boss] can point to the scoreboard and disagree. We can play, but we’ve got to understand that a winning side is about discipline and concentration, not just the skill levels and talent available.
‘The way we played at the end was the way we wanted to play from the start. We want to play like that. That’s the frustrating thing for me and Steve [Boden], we are playing totally within ourselves at the start of a game – and we don’t understand why. It’s complacency, almost. It’s a case of thinking, “OK, we’ll just build ourselves into the game”.
Saturday’s frustrating defeat, despite the late surge to gain a losing bonus point, means the Birmingham club leap over Ben Harvey’s boys with a two-point lead, pushing Jersey to second from bottom – just two points clear of basement club Doncaster Knights.