Coach’s Corner: SaberCats vs. Toronto Arrows
As I was once told, statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination. This seems to fit well, post our match vs the men from Toronto, Canada and highlighting again just how competitive this league is. Every week you must be on the edge and prepared to go to the line for the man next to you and the team.
On Saturday, if we look across the major categories: preparation and review, position, possession, set pieces, defense, and discipline the Cats’ had parity statistically against a mature side with a wealth of experience. We managed to score 4 tries, which on any other weekend would be a cause for celebration, yet I can’t help feeling this was a very disappointing result. In so many facets and moments, we did well and could see progress from our previous matches as we grow more attune with each other and as a team. However, this was interspersed with uncharacteristic individual mistakes that we are all disappointed with, none more so than the team. Too often we made a simple mistake at a critical juncture and either failed to relieve pressure or to take reward from the pressure we were creating.
The team knows that this inconsistency is not acceptable at this level and is punished on the scoreboard. We will individually and collectively have to be better on Saturday when we welcome another experienced team to Constellation field. This week’s opponent is Rugby United New York who will provide another stern test. Go Cats Go!
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