Half-time ‘chat’ helped to turn things round

Date published: Monday, August 24, 2015

COACHING staff and players “fixed up one or two things” at half-time when Oldham trailed Barrow 12-4, said head coach Scott Naylor.

Barrow, desperate for a win to enhance their hopes of qualifying for the play-offs, stunned the home side early on, not so much by going into a 12-0 lead inside 16 minutes but by getting on top in the forwards where Roughyeds usually reign supreme.
Said Naylor, after a 28-12 win: “Barrow’s first-half performance was as good as anything we’ve seen this season from teams visiting Whitebank.
“They had huge energy levels, heaps of desire and commitment and they clearly intended to take us on in the middle. They were winning the ruck and pushing us back and that’s something we’re not used to.
“We had a chat at half-time and we looked much stronger on the resumption. We tackled harder, ran harder, controlled the ball and started to cause them to make mistakes.
“We looked a lot more like our old selves in the second half when we gradually got control and then finished them off with three converted tries in the last 11 minutes
“Josh Crowley had one of the best games he has ever had for us . He has a phenomenal work rate and he regularly wins the ‘carries count’ by a mile, which takes some doing for a second-row man.
“Michael Ward also had a big game and Adam Clay showed how tough these boys are by playing only three weeks after cracking a couple of ribs. He put his hand up for the good of the team.
“He must have been in some pain, but that’s the sort of player we’ve got now and that’s why we’re doing so well.”