Mark Ireland's Blogs
It´s never easy to take defeat, especially in a derby game against the likes of Exeter. There were some pleasing aspects to the game at the weekend, the first half in particular, but the overthrown line-out resulting in an Exeter score at the end of the first half was a cruel blow.
So our first taste of the British & Irish Cup has been and gone. On reflection, it was enjoyable playing against teams that you don’t normally face. The Leinster result didn’t quite go our way, and it would have been a fantastic result had we beaten the European champions, no matter what side they had out.
There were flashes in that game, that when we upped the tempo, we could more than match Exeter and with more improvements in a few areas of our game the second half of the championship could be fruitful for the Pirates
A very disappointing result at Rotherham at the weekend and definitely an opportunity missed to move up a place with others either side of us in the league also losing. Lapses in concentration at crucial times, and a lack of accuracy and aggression at the breakdown negated some of the good work built up in some of the phase play in the first half.
I think it’s fair to say that the last two months has given us the highs and lows of professional sport. With a faultless September, results wise, October has proved a much tougher task with the pirates yet to register a win.
We’re almost a month into the championship campaign now and have a 100% record, including two hard fought wins on the road. It’s a great feeling when you’re winning, and is something we all hope continues.
With the dust barely settled on last week's win away at Nottingham, the attention is now firmly set on Moseley at home this weekend. It was a great start to the league campaign and a game that the travelling fans would have taken great satisfaction in watching.
I’m sure all of you are excited, if not a little anxious to see how we go this year under the new management. It’s certainly been a tough pre-season, but a very enjoyable one and the players have reacted really well to everything that has been thrown at us.