Sheasby frustrated by ‘loose tries’By Adam Lee
January 29, 2009
Bracknell RFC player-coach Chris Sheasby was left not knowing whether to lambast or praise his players after their skin-of-their-teeth win at Barnstaple RFC on Saturday.
Bracknell outplayed their west country opponents for long periods of the game, but found themselves having to twice claw back from hefty deficits before snatching victory at the death.
The Chiefs scored breakaway tries either side of half time at moments when it seemed Bracknell were on the verge of scoring themselves.
But cheap turnovers allowed Barnstaple to break the length of the field on two occasions, the only times they really threatened to pierce Bracknell’s miserly defence.
Sheasby was rightfully disappointed by the ease that Barnstaple twice turned last-ditch defence into attack, but couldn’t fault the effort, and quality, that his team showed to earn victory.
“It was tense and we nearly threw that one away, but you have to give Barnstaple every credit,” said the former London Irish number eight.
“We must be more ruthless – the two tries they scored were from when they were all but dead and buried, underneath their posts on their line.
“We do not sometimes see the bigger picture – when you work your a**e off to get two yards from the line, you do not let the ball out.
“We let the ball out twice and got turned over out wide.
“They scored two loose tries when they should have scored no more than three or six points all game.
“You have to be ruthless and direct, playing correct executing rugby that brings you points – that will wear sides down and they will break in the last 15 minutes.
“You have to keep hammering and hammering, checking the blindside, and the one time when they all go for the forwards, the scrum half flicks it out to the wingers, especially our wingers who are big and strong, and you score a try.
“You have to be patient and we at times, do not show the patience to be able to play like that.
“It’s frustrating in the fact that we do so many things right.
“We do not have to resort to chipping like they did.
“If you can play the phase play like we do and get over the game line and break and recycle we have our destiny in our own hands.
“That was the case to get the first try, and then to get to 10 all, and then we were on their line and should have kept it going.”
However, although Bracknell again let the lead slip as Barnstaple took advantage of a quick turnover to make it 17-0, Sheasby couldn’t criticise his players’ commitment in claiming victory in injury time.
The win was all the more poignant for Sheasby, whose mother died suddenly the previous Monday, and he was determined to win the game in her memory.
“To come back and win the game shows an element of patience and shows that the boys know that at any time they can go up a gear and apply enough pressure to score a try,” said Sheasby.
“What you have to do is apply that all the time.
“They kept their composure, took their time and waited, then scored the penalty, applied the pressure and we got over in the end.
“Yes sometimes we don’t see the bigger picture, but we are good enough to raise our game a gear or two gears and win games.
“My mother would have wanted me to play and for us to dig out that great and brave win for a great and brave woman made it all the more special.”