Clinical play the reason behind Scunthorpe RUFC's first win in nine games at Broadstreet
HEAD coach Tim Robinson hopes Scunthorpe RUFC have rediscovered the ability to be clinical in the final third on the back of their first victory in three months.
The Greens won 39-36 at Broadstreet last Saturday to end a run of eight straight defeats and give them renewed hope as they look to climb out of the National Three Midlands relegation zone.
The fact that triumph came on the back of a decent 50-minute display against high-flying Ampthill seven days previously only adds to Robinson's belief that Scunthorpe may be able to end the season with a flourish, regardless of what happens regarding their survival hopes.
“The lads have worked hard in training and the numbers have improved again. They’ve started to do the right things," the former full-back told the Telegraph.
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“We’ve certainly been a lot more clinical with our own ball once we get into the final third.
“Our exit sets and kicking game were getting us into the right areas but then our phase play was pretty poor and we wouldn’t get past first or second phase, through either a lack of concentration or a silly error.
“We’ve really worked hard on maintaining the ball and in the right areas.
“Certainly against Ampthill, in the first 50 minutes of that game, we were much better and on Saturday at times we more than just kept the ball, we started to play with a bit of fluidity.
“That gave us some momentum and we showed what a destructive side we can be.
“We suddenly went from having struggled to score a couple of tries in a game to getting six on Saturday – and it could have been many more.
“It was pleasing to see the hard work the players have put in on the training paddock is paying off."
Scunthorpe are without a fixture at the weekend, a frustrating scenario.
Nevertheless, the Greens' coach says he has sporting a smile on his face well into the current week.
Robinson continued: “It’s nice to be able to reflect on a win – especially in the manner we achieved it as well.
“We were 17-3 down with five minutes to go before half-time.
“We’d been ill-disciplined and penalised quite a lot and to be fair, Broadstreet had had the majority of possession and played that deep in our territory.
“At that point, you start to think ‘is it not going to be?’, but the lads came back really well and managed to get a crucial score just before half-time, which brought it back to 17-10.
“In the half-time break they were saying the right things. They knew what they needed to do and were really forthcoming.
“We came out for the second half and played some great stuff to see us through.
“To get a win and to do it away from home was superb."