RUGBY: Harlequins’ Paul Gustard blames loss on poor preparation

Head coach Paul Gustard has blamed his own coaching staff following Harlequins defeat to Gloucester Rugby yesterday, suggesting poor preparation was the reason behind the heavy loss.

“As a coaching group we were just not good enough. We need to try and recognise that kind of performance in the week, see it coming and catch on to the warning signs. We just didn’t see them well enough.

“As I said the first 25-30 minutes, we gave ourselves a big mountain to climb,” said the former England defence coach.

The home side’s turnover count was a real concern and something that Gustard was keen to highlight:

“We are obviously very disappointed, we didn’t play the type of rugby that we can play, we had 29 turnovers today.

“We were inaccurate in a lot of things and we’re physically beaten up. We didn’t work hard enough and that’s what happens.”

Harlequins’ next match is in two weeks against local rivals Saracens at Allianz Park.

“Same approach as every game. We are going to go in there to try and win the game. We are third, so we’ve got an opportunity and we are also a good team otherwise we wouldn’t be where we are.

“We will approach it the same as we approach every game with due diligence on Saracens,” said Gustard on his team’s next match.

With two weeks off from all competitions, it will be a different kind of regime for Gustard’s men.

“We’ve got a slightly different week this week, but we will apply ourselves in the right way and we’ll get a good tactical plan and then we will make sure the boys are energized and motivated to play.”

The 43-year-old is still confident in his men and believes that his side is the most in form team in the league.

“We’ve won five on the bounce and we are the most inform team of the competition leading into today’s game and we just didn’t perform.”

His sides match against Saracens is on Saturday 23rd, kick off is at three o’clock.

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