Westall wants Swindon defence to tighten up
SWINDON captain Adam Westall wants his side to concentrate on rugby over ping pong despite being part of their fourth successive win on Saturday.
Westall was delighted with the way Swindon went forward in their 54-23 defeat of Newbury Blues in South West 1 East at the weekend, but he was less complimentary of the Greenbridge Road outfit’s defence.
Though Swindon sit top of the league’s embryonic table, Westall & Co have let in more points than all bar two of the division’s top eight teams - and the skipper is keen for that change as soon as possible.
“The downside is we conceded 23 points,” he told the Advertiser. “The defence was not where it should have been.
“Perhaps it’s like the age-old Arsenal thing where we should always be scoring more than the opposition but we need to tighten up.
“We don’t want to be one of those sides who want to play ping pong rugby and the scores are ticking over on both sides.
“It’s probably amazing to watch but I doubt it does our coaches any good on the sidelines.
“It’s funny. We seem to be a better defensive team against the better sides and the sides who play with a bit of structure.
“Where it comes unstuck is against sides who are a bit more ragged. We’re a big side and we’re full of good players but we need to work on our scramble defence.”
Westall’s minor gripes couldn’t disguise a smile at the end of another emphatic victory, however, as second-bottom Newbury were dissected in the second period.
“We went into a fairly stiff breeze in the first half and we weren’t quite at full speed but after half-time we slowly started to get into the game and after half-time we kicked on,” said the Swindon skipper.
“We had plenty of tries and in amongst that there was a lot of good forward play and some good finishing.”
Swindon make the trip to third-placed Oxford Harlequins this week, who boast the stingiest defence in the league, and Westall is pleased with the start his side have made.
“We’ve had two away games and two home games now and to be four from four is great, we’re happy with it,” he said. “We’ve shown we’re a good side.”
- In Dorset & Wilts 1 North, Minety saw off Pewsey Vale 43-0.
Nimble running and great support play enabled Minety to overwhelm their guests and run in seven tries.
Matt Roberts touched down for Minety’s first try before Jack ward added a second off the back of a driving maul.
Sprinting all the way from the 10-metre line, scrum-half Tom Fitzcharles posted try number three, while the fourth was socred by winger Duncan Simpson.
After the interval, full-back Robin Greenway finished a patient build-up with a try for Minety in the left-hand corner before Phil Stephens, and Wes Clamp rounded off the scoring.
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