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Bletcher's Carolians ready for tough test at Old Leamingtonians
1:17pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Sport
IAN Bletcher admitted a clear the air meeting had contibuted to Kidderminster Carolians change of fortunes.
KCs beat Old Laurentians 43-12 on Saturday after what Bletcher called a few ‘home truths’ had been aired among the players following back-to-back defeats against Nuneaton Old Eds and Stafford.
It clearly had the desired effect and the head coach now hopes that can be carried into another demanding Midlands Two West (South) fixture at Old Leamingtonians on Saturday (3pm).
“It wasn’t so much the hair dryer treatment,” said Bletcher. “Just the players got together and said a few home truths.
It made a massive difference in both attitutde and application and I was really pleased.
“Coventrians had some big, experienced players, some of them having played in Coventry’s first team and luckily our attitude was excellent right from the start.
Bletcher said Chris Pinner proved why he is the best scrum-half in the league: “Chris showed absolute class not only with his try but in defence and a couple of really exciting breaks.
“He was complimented well by George Morgan (fly-half) and Rhys Pritchard, who was named man of the match, showed what a class player he is.”
But it was not all good news as a shoulder injury to Jake Evetts means he will miss five or six weeks of the season, adding to an injury list that includes the club’s other three centres.
“Rob Phillips stepped in from back row forward and did an excellent job and another back row John Cartwright ended up on the wing, but we will miss Jake, he has been superb over the last months,” said Bletcher.
Other than Evetts, Bletcher says he is likely to make no other changes subject to any injuries reported at training this week and now hopes KCs can finally kickstart their season.
“Maybe it’s been a wake-up call but the difficulty is to string two or three good performances together - so that is the challenge for us.
“Old Leamingtonians are unbeaten and are another of the strong Warwickshire sides. But the good thing from our point of view is we showed the right attitude and workrate last week and if we can maintain that we’ll be in a good position.
“Once we have all the backs who have been out fit again it’s going to be a very interesting selection for me.
“But the key areas for us on Saturday are defence and set pieces. We have worked hard this week on our breakdown skills and I’ve always said if can get enough possession we have the good running players who can exploit it.”
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