Think about it a bit more, Dalziel tells his War­riors

Scottish Daily Mail - - Rugby - By CALUM CROWE

GLAS­GOW WAR­RIORS as­sis­tant coach John Dalziel be­lieves a brains-over-brawn ap­proach can ig­nite their sea­son against La Rochelle in the Heineken Cham­pi­ons Cup this week­end. The War­riors have de­vel­oped a ru­inous habit of im­plod­ing and throw­ing away leads over re­cent weeks, as ev­i­denced by the de­feat to Le­in­ster in the Pro14 last Satur­day. They were 10-3 ahead af­ter half an hour against the Irish out­fit, but failed to score a sin­gle point there­after be­fore los­ing 23-10. The pre­vi­ous week, away at Ex­eter in Europe, they led 13-10 at half-time be­fore ca­pit­u­lat­ing in the sec­ond half to lose 34-18. Dalziel is adamant that there is no panic in the ranks, de­spite a trend that has now seen them fall away quite dra­mat­i­cally. And he in­sists the play­ers must be smarter in how they man­age the game as they seek to kick-start their cam­paign with a win on Satur­day. ‘I’ve been in this po­si­tion be­fore where you rack your brains,’ said Dalziel, who is in charge of the for­wards at Scot­stoun. ‘It’s a mind­set thing more than any­thing. We are start­ing games very well and we are see­ing the free-flow­ing rugby that we are known for. ‘But op­po­si­tion teams are al­ways go­ing to have pe­ri­ods in the game. If that’s go­ing to be around that mid­dle pe­riod, then we need to look at how we man­age that bet­ter.’

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