Back-row pair earn boss’s praise

Date published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
TAKE a bow Danny Langtree and Josh Crowley. 
Coach Scott Naylor piled praise on his two second-row forwards for their power and consistency after a hard-fought win against Steve McCormack’s Gloucester All Golds.
Gloucester had the lead for only three minutes out of the 80, but try as they might Oldham couldn’t shake them off in a second half in which each side scored in turns.
Roughyeds won 30-22, but Naylor acknowledged his men had to dig deep in order to maintain their record of having been beaten only once in eight Championship One outings this season. 
Oldham won 36-0 at the same Cheltenham venue last year, but Naylor said: “This (the Prince of Wales Stadium) isn’t the place it was last year.
“With due respect to anyone involved at Gloucester in their first season, there has since been a huge improvement in the quality of players, staff and the rugby they produce.
“Steve McCormack (the All Golds new coach) has acquired some good, young lads who are keen, enthusiastic and eager to learn. Put those with a good coach and it’s a dangerous combination.
“We got them at the right time (this was McCormack’s second game in charge), but having said that, we deserved to win because we played good rugby and toughed it out when we needed to, which is what rugby league is all about.
“Gloucester will rattle a few teams down here and they will only get better, particularly if they can keep hold of their loan players.
“In the circumstances I was very pleased with our win. We showed a lot more grit and resolve in defence which is what I’ve been asking for.
“We played a lot of good stuff and it was nice to see us doing things we had been working on in training. Things are definitely moving in the right direction.
“There were a lot of good individual performances, headed by our two back-rowers (Crowley and Langtree) who were absolutely outstanding.
“Their level of consistency is phenomenal. We are very lucky indeed to have these two playing together in the same team as second-row partners.”
The All Golds picked up a bonus point to give McCormack four out of a possible six. His target for the rest of the season is to win enough games to qualify for the top-five play-off.
He said: “My boys did well and although I’m disappointed to lose I was very impressed with Oldham. They are battle hardened to rugby at this level and that was the difference.
“They were very patient in their build-up, but when the time was right they turned the screw to establish a 14-6 half-time lead.
“They wore us down by going up the middle. We dealt with them for long periods, but they were hugely experienced at half-back with Robinson and Roper, and their kick-chase game was very good.”