“We got out of jail”…Scott

Date published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

STILL unbeaten after three league games and a cup tie — and still falling below the standards coach Scott Naylor is striving for.

“Once we get it right, properly right, somebody is going to cop it,” summed up the Oldham boss, while admitting that London Skolars were unlucky to lose.
After the 18-4 opening-day win win in South Wales, we drew 20-20 at home with Hemel Stags thanks to a failed Hemel conversion with the last kick of the game.
In the next game at Egremont in the Challenge Cup we survived a late scare when the Cumbrian amateurs got to within six points of them.
At London Skolars we edged a tight game 18-16, Scott conceding that his men were somewhat fortunate to “get out of jail” and pick up another three league points.
He said: “While I’m happy with the result, I’ve got to be honest and say that London didn’t deserve to lose.
“Sometimes in rugby you don’t get what you deserve — it’s happened to us more than once — and that certainly applied to London in this game.
“Ours was an ugly win, which is not a bad thing but one that focuses the mind on the fact that at present we don’t seem to be clicking as a team.
“We are working hard in training and also on game day. I can’t fault anybody’s attitude or commitment, but something is missing.
“Once we solve the problem we’ll be a very good team in this division, as we were last year, but as of now things aren’t quite right.
“We haven’t yet put a good 80 minutes together which, for a coach, is extremely frustrating.
“At the same time we remain undefeated, which is the most promising and rewarding aspect of a season that is still in its infancy.
“It’s always tough at London. The long coach journey can bring on physical and mental fatigue and if we get a win here I regard it as a bonus.
“We’ve got a free weekend now so we’ll have time to work on a few things and to chat about a few things before we go to Bradford Bulls in the Challenge Cup.
“Now that will be a day when we need to be at the races for the full 80 minutes.”