Team announcement v Exeter | Dave Rennie

Team announcement v Exeter | Dave Rennie


So Dave, it’s a big one this weekend.
What’s the mood been like in camp? Really good. Excited. As a group
we went well last week. We had a chance to freshen up some boys as well. So,
plenty competition for places and we’ve prepared well. And then you’ve made quite a
few changes for this weekend’s games so can you talk us through why that
happened? Yeah I mean obviously we rested a number of guys last week on the back of doubleheader against Edinburgh and a doubleheader against La
Rochelle so yeah so chance to freshen boys up. A chance to test the depths of our group and I thought the boys were excellent last week. So it’s good to know we’ve
got a lot of guys ready to go. And then looking at the squad that you’ve named, looking at the forwards specifically two names that stand out are Zander and Matt
Fagerson. How good is it to have them back in the squad? Yeah, Zander has been immense. He’s been phenomenal since he got back from the World Cup.
Not just his scrummaging but his play around the field. He’s played a lot of
80-minute games for us. It’s an area where you know we’ve got a got a few
injuries and Adam Nicol’s still learning his trade and it’s good
he got fifty minutes in him last week, but yeah, great to have Zander
back and Matt obviously after a suspension for three weeks. He’s excited to be out. He’s been training hard over the last few weeks
and keen to get out there. In the backs are some interesting decisions. In the centres you’ve named Sam and Huw. Why have you gone with that pairing? Look they’ve played a of footy together recently. I think they’re going really well. I think Huw’s playing the best footy he’s played since I’ve been here on both sides of the ball which is important and Sam’s impressed me ever since I’ve been here a couple
years ago and gets better and better. They’re really good pairing and
Nick Grigg took a heavy knock last week, got stretchered off.
He’s bounced back pretty well. I thought he was outstanding as well but we’re not
going to strip him gonna probably just to be a little bit conservative and he’s
potentially back in the mix next week. In the back three you’ve moved
Tommy to the wing and named Glenn Bryce at full-back. What brought that about? We really rate Glenn. He played pretty well the first five games that we played.
He picked up a little bit of a knee injury that took him out for a month and we’ve preferred Tommy, for a while, at full-back. He’s got good experience etc but you know we think Glenn’s not to dissimilar to Hoggy. A very quick, outstanding distribution game, a big long
kicking game and so on. We think he’ll slot in really well and it
means it allows us to move Tommy to the wing which gives us another good kicking option there. Looking at the bench you have named a bench with vast amounts of experience with players like Rob Harley, Pete Horne, Niko Matawalu, Ali Price. What will you be looking for from them when they come on? Same as always, carpe diem, seize the day, they’ve They’ve got to come out and make a difference. They are well aware of their roles and for someone like Rob who starts an
enormous amount of footy for us it’s a different sort of mindset. Again they have prepared well and they’re prepared to go if it’s with 10 to go or whether it’s 70 to go they’ll give us plenty. Looking at Exeter what kind of game plan are you expecting from them this weekend? I mean I think the weather is going to play a part. They’re a good side. They play a lot of territory, they kick a lot. They won the kicking battle in the third 20 last time we played them. That was a big part of the game. They’ve got a lot of guys who kick well so we expect them to try and play a bit of territory. But, like I say the
conditions may play a part, it’s supposed to be very windy tomorrow and
very wet, not too dissimilar to La Rochelle in our last European game here. Hopefully the weatherman is wrong
and both sides get to play a footy going each way.

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