Yorkshire Carnegie head coach Bryan Redpath said his side have taken confidence from their big win over London Scottish in the B&I Cup as they prepare to take on the same opposition this Saturday at the Athletic Ground.
Redpath admitted that previous weeks results, which had seen the team lose by narrow margins, had been frustrating and they would now look to build winning momentum following their 56-7 victory.
“I think the result against London Scottish was massive for us. Losing sometimes by one point is the hardest part because you are so close but so far away,” said Redpath. “We have probably lost a bit of confidence therefore the games have been too tight for us and then we suddenly lose that bit of momentum and I thought last weekend we defended exceptionally well again and we got our rewards this time and then we grew in the second half and everyone seemed happy and enjoying themselves. We have got to carry confidence from it, it will be a different challenge this week, and as long as we don’t dwell on the past too much as I said to the player last week as what is important is what we do now and learn from the tough games we have had.
“I think the combination of players we had last week was good. Taylor has always been one who is on the radar. He’s had a couple of opportunities where he didn’t perhaps play as well as he would have liked and there have a couple of injuries to the squad and you want to see someone like that coming through. He is a young local lad and he came on well. I think Max Wright is a very talented young man, at 18 he is a big natural player. I think Harry at 12, who played most of his rugby at 12 before playing 10 the year before to Carnegie, and with James Fitzpatrick out and Pete and Casson carrying knocks suddenly you are looking at different options and I thought he did really well.”