We must sharpen up, says Ackermann
» That was a strange game to say the least?
JA - For a lot of players it was their first game so there were a lot of errors and you could see that our timing was a bit off and there were a lot of mistakes in between the game. Our discipline wasn’t good, the penalty count against us was quite high, we wanted to play these games to get that out of us but a lot of work for us as well.
» From a Gloucester point of view it was strange because you only lost by three points, you could have won the game with successful kicks and you scored three tries to their two. It didn’t feel like that in the game, did it?
JA - I felt we had a bit of momentum and then we would throw an intercept pass or make a mistake and then we gave them some easy points, by knocking the ball that we defended and stuff so we had a lot of times where we couldn’t finish, knocked the ball and Bananhan was held up. So it was a funny game, we never felt out of it, but we never felt like we were controlling it so it was one that was a typical second game for some players, a first game for some that you want to look at the things you need to improve on and work on that and then hopefully the players will get better.
» As a coach, a hard message to move on you have to work on a lot this week?
JA - Definitely, there were good things that we saw when we nearly got into our rhythm but there is no substitute. The boys have trained a lot against bags and haven’t had that pressure and suddenly when you play a game and there is pressure, the fatigue sets in and we made a lot of errors. So, there is a lot to work on, from set piece through to our attacking and defensive platforms.
» Good for young players like Aaron Hinkley to run around with a lot more experience this week?
JA - We have a bit of a list of injuries so we need to tap into our young players and they will all have this experience now to play with these senior guys but we saw again. I thought Aaron played well tonight, Josh (Grey) made a difference in the few minutes that he came on. It is a good experience for them.
» So onwards and upwards and look ahead to next week?
JA - We have to stay positive, there is a lot to work on, but this is why we play these games, to get better and to improve.
» In terms of this competition it will be hard to get through, but does that make a difference to the team in the next two weeks?
JA - We have a plan in place since week one for how we select our team and that isn’t going to change. Between the front row some will get more game time than we originally planned but apart from that we are going to stick to our plan for the next two weeks.