Scunthorpe rugby club coach relaxed about mistakes, even though they are proving costly
Scunthorpe Rugby Club coach Tim Robinson doesn't want his players to be afraid of making mistakes, despite seeing individual errors cost them points in National Three Midlands this season.
Although beaten 41-0 by early pacesetters Sutton Coldfield last weekend, Scunthorpe were more than a match for their hosts, now unbeaten in 33 matches, for the first quarter of the match.
But in the 25th minute, a poor decision from winger Rewiti Vaimoso gifted Sutton Coldfield possession from which they opened the scoring and they went on to punish the Greens,
"The first two tries resulted from our mistakes," said Robinson.
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"With the first they kicked long and relieved the pressure after just having a man in the bin.
"Unfortunately Woody (Vaimoso) took a quick lineout throw that wasn't really on and unfortunately we got caught in possession, knocked it on in our own 22 and from the resulting scrum they scored.
"It's frustrating, but I said to the lads that we had to go to try open the game up a bit and get a try bonus and so it's one of those things that happens.
"One week we'll throw the ball in, go the full length and score. It's swings and roundabouts.
"Sometimes you have to try to manage the game better and think 'what's the score at the moment and who's had the pressure' so you can slow the game down and build the pressure in their half again."
Although disappointed with the result in the West Midlands, Robinson said Scunthorpe's performance against the National Three Midlands leaders was 'good'.
Indeed, the coach said the Greens camp were more upbeat in defeat than they had been seven days earlier, on the back of a 27-20, five-point success against Newport.
He hopes his side can maintain that mood when they return to action at Heslam Park against another one of the division's in-form sides.
Mid-table Syston are unbeaten in five games and after drawing at promotion-hopefuls Nuneaton a fortnight ago, they edged out Longton 27-25 last weekend.
"They've had a very good run," Robinson said of the Leicestershire club.
"They've drawn with Nuneaton and had another very good result by beating Longton last weekend.
"They've come into a bit of form. There's always a time in the season where that happens and at the moment things seem to be going right for them.
"We've got to try to stop that momentum as much as we can.
"They are one of the sides that will hopefully be in and around us come the end of the season, so it's one of those games we've got to try to win.
"That's what it's all about – very similar to the Newport game the other week."
Scunthorpe are waiting to learn whether forward Jake Barron will be available for selection after he was called up to be part of the bench for Championship side Nottingham during their 28-21 defeat at Llandovery in the British & Irish Cup.
If he misses out, Robinson says he will have no hesitation in continuing to name Nick Syddall at No. 8.