Benson’s Thoughts

Date published: Monday, August 15, 2011

ROUGHYEDS team boss Tony Benson said as third win of the season against derby rivals Hornets was down to the composure of his players and to collective team discipline in adopting the game plan — and sticking to it.
“We did what we always intended to do,” he said, “and, really, I can’t say a lot more than that.
“We identified how Hornets would play — they tried to put pressure on our halves, for instance — and we prepared a game plan accordingly.
“We were reasonably happy to go in at half-time with a two-point lead, but we had been pulled a few times for forward passes so we talked about the need to get a bit more depth but, otherwise, to go for more of the same.
“We scored some excellent tries and our defence was good. It’s no mean feat to restrict a team like Hornets to three tries on their own pitch and the fact that two of them were the direct result of kicks, which are often 50-50 affairs anyway, supports that view.
“As I say, we did what we trained and practiced to do, such as attacking the right places at the right time, and but for forward passes we could have had a few more tries, although so could Rochdale, to be fair.”ROUGHYEDS team boss Tony Benson said as third win of the season against derby rivals Hornets was down to the composure of his players and to collective team discipline in adopting the game plan — and sticking to it.
“We did what we always intended to do,” he said, “and, really, I can’t say a lot more than that.
“We identified how Hornets would play — they tried to put pressure on our halves, for instance — and we prepared a game plan accordingly.
“We were reasonably happy to go in at half-time with a two-point lead, but we had been pulled a few times for forward passes so we talked about the need to get a bit more depth but, otherwise, to go for more of the same.
“We scored some excellent tries and our defence was good. It’s no mean feat to restrict a team like Hornets to three tries on their own pitch and the fact that two of them were the direct result of kicks, which are often 50-50 affairs anyway, supports that view.
“As I say, we did what we trained and practiced to do, such as attacking the right places at the right time, and but for forward passes we could have had a few more tries, although so could Rochdale, to be fair.”ROUGHYEDS team boss Tony Benson said as third win of the season against derby rivals Hornets was down to the composure of his players and to collective team discipline in adopting the game plan — and sticking to it.
“We did what we always intended to do,” he said, “and, really, I can’t say a lot more than that.
“We identified how Hornets would play — they tried to put pressure on our halves, for instance — and we prepared a game plan accordingly.
“We were reasonably happy to go in at half-time with a two-point lead, but we had been pulled a few times for forward passes so we talked about the need to get a bit more depth but, otherwise, to go for more of the same.
“We scored some excellent tries and our defence was good. It’s no mean feat to restrict a team like Hornets to three tries on their own pitch and the fact that two of them were the direct result of kicks, which are often 50-50 affairs anyway, supports that view.
“As I say, we did what we trained and practiced to do, such as attacking the right places at the right time, and but for forward passes we could have had a few more tries, although so could Rochdale, to be fair.”