Scott draws on Gloucester expertise for attack plans

‘MINDLESS’ attacking will get Cheltenham nowhere this season, slams frustrated Chris Scott.

Prince of Wales Stadium outfit boss Scott sat down with backs coach Tim Taylor this week, and devised a whole new set of attacking plays.

The duo then created a dossier that was handed to each squad member on Tuesday night.

Gloucester fly-half Taylor and head coach Scott have drawn up a clear, detailed plan for every situation in possession.

Scott wants to combat the ‘willy-nilly’ front-foot play that hamstrung his men in their 43-3 home defeat to Windsor on the opening day of the South West One East season.

Cheltenham have drafted Gloucester prop Dan Murphy in to help coach the forwards.

Kingsholm academy manager Pete Buxton is swamped in his new Gloucester role.

Scott has retained the Gloucester stalwart as a consultant, but is delighted to have Murphy on board focusing on set-piece strength.

Scott explained: “Last week we shot ourselves in the feet with sloppy ball-carrying, passing, offloading, kicking and game management.

“It took us nine games to get through this phase last season – and we cannot afford to take that long this year.

“We were very nearly relegated last term, despite some seriously bright spots – so we have to capitalise on those and move forward quickly.

“It was mindless attacking on Saturday really, which was the biggest frustration of all.

“We leaked seven tries, and only two of them were the result of good play by Windsor.

“What the boys need to realise is that you don’t have to score from the first phase, or the first time you get the ball.

“We’ve asked for patience and calm on the ball – if you’ve got to take contact, recycle and go again, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

“I don’t have a problem with the guys having a go from their own 22 – but if it doesn’t work, then they’ve got to adapt and do something different.

“We would try to break, be turned over cheaply as a result of errors, and they would score.

“On Saturday I would have rather seen us lose 22-3 by making the right decisions for the right situations, regardless of the scoreline at the time.”

Despite the clear frustrations, Scott is confident his men can forge a more successful season than last, where they avoided the drop on the term’s last day.

Expecting a tough clash away at Buckingham tomorrow, he continued: “They are a team that wants a fast start, will move the ball around and test us.

“Our scrum went well last week and we have been working hard on the lineout too.

“I’m delighted that Dan Murphy has agreed to get involved.

“He wasn’t sure how he would take to it, but he’s a natural coach and already he is boosting our lineout work.

“I know we’ve got the capabilities to have a good season: now it’s all about the reaction we show after last week.

“We need a whole load of character this weekend – we will learn a lot about the heart of the squad tomorrow.”
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