17 Feb Coaches’ Corner
This week we caught up with CI Coach Gareth Fry ahead of a key home game for the 1st XV.
Hi Gareth, it’s been a difficult season to date for the CI 1st XV but it has seemed like things have been pretty close to clicking on a number of occasions, would you agree?
GF: Yes, we should have won at least 5/6 games this season but at key times we haven’t converted our chances. The longer you go without a win the harder it becomes as it is a habit. A start of 4 away games against last season’s top 4 was a tough start and unfortunately we have not managed to turn things around yet. Our 2nd and 3rd XV are progressing well so there is a good player base in the club to build on.
There have been a number of personnel changes this season blooding new players can you tell us more?
GF: Yes, we have added a number of school leavers and young players to the squad and as expected they have taken time to adjust to this level and senior rugby in general. That, coupled with the loss of the few crucial players has been a challenge.
What can the team and club do differently?
GF: As with a lot of clubs, training, availability and injuries have been an issue. We have used 43 players in 13 games which poses problems in terms of continuity in a new side. More numbers at training would be very beneficial as we are down on last year.
What would be your ‘rallying call’ to the club and support?
The season is nowhere near ended and there is still hard work to do, starting this weekend vs Dromore.
GF: The players are looking forward to Saturday and I know there will be good home support as always at Belmont.