Esher must act to accentuate the positive
12:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
By Tom Bradshaw
Coach Ricky Nebbett has challenged his Esher men to turn their disappointment into positive energy this weekend.
The Molesey Road outfit had led 25-6 at half time against Blackheath on Saturday, but then conceded 14 points and only scored three themselves as they held on to win 28-20.
It meant they avoided back-to-back defeats to cement fifth spot in National Division One, but Nebbett revealed the dressing room was not a happy place after the final whistle.
“The lads were disappointed, and it’s good that they were disappointed,” he said.
“The key is to turn that disappointment into productivity and address the issues we have in our game.
“I think at half-time everything was really positive, we were really looking forward to the second half.
“We thought we’d set ourselves a good foundation, but it didn’t come.
“Ultimately, we have to focus on the negative things in order to make your game complete over 80 minutes.
“Some of our defence was good, but in my mind there was a couple of weak tries that we gave away.”
Esher go to Worthing this weekend, with Nebbett knowing a win will not be a foregone conclusion.
“I’m not looking forward to any game, as they’re all tough,” he added. “It would be so easy to go there and think ‘they’re the new boys up, let’s rest some players’.
“I don’t think you can approach it like that.”
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