The Daikin Cooldown: Lions v NSW Waratahs


1/08/2018



By NSW Rugby Media

The NSW Waratahs season has come to an end following the semi-final loss to the Lions in Johannesburg. We caught up with Assistant Coach Simon Cron for the final edition of the Daikin Cooldown for 2018.


The NSW Waratahs got off to a flyer against the Lions on Saturday but the Lions clawed their way back to level the scores at the break. What was the message to the team at halftime?

Firstly, to control possession and build pressure. We wanted to hold the ball for longer periods rather than give them any easy possession. We also needed to be disciplined and prevent giving them easy entry into our 22 through penalties. We were getting some good gain line by playing our shapes in attack so were happy with that side of our game plan

Looking back on the semi-final, where do you think the Lions had the upperhand that ultimately led to them winning

They were able to get a number of scrum penalties, that hurt us, some looked like they were going our way but the referee saw things differently. We had a couple of opportunities we didn’t convert into points and then they came back to hurt us on turnovers from those chances

Much was said about the NSW Waratahs’ lightweight pack. As forward coach, what does your season report card say about how the forwards performed this year

The forwards may give away a few kilograms but they add mobility and speed so it’s the game we played. The boys did everything I asked of them and are a great group. Each week they played for the guy next to them and I back them all. There is no doubt we can get even better the more time we get on the field.

You’ve come through the coaching ranks in Australia, from Junior Wallabies to Shute Shield, NRC and now Super Rugby. How would you describe your first year of Super Rugby

I really enjoyed working with our group. The boys were always open to new ideas and learning so that makes life for me as a coach easier.

When you review the Super Rugby season, what are the positives that you will take away from this year

A number of players felt they had their best seasons, or stepped up and played their most minutes so that’s positive. Lots to look at and get better at as you are always learning and coming up with new innovation.

 



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