Gents coach unimpressed with PAC win
With two tries from fullback Travis Butler and another pair from eight-man Nick Gregorski, the Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Football Club opened their 2004 USA Rugby Super League schedule with a 29-10 win over the Potomac Athletic Club (PAC) last Saturday at Battle of Bull Run Park in Virginia.
Apart from the outcome, however, there was little to celebrate for Mick Melrose, the first-year head coach of the Gents.
“It wasn’t a real good performance; very disjointed,” said Melrose, a native of Sydney, Australia. “And it was hard to decipher why because we’ve been training well. Individually, there were some good performances and I can’t say anyone played poorly, but as a team in combination, we didn’t execute very well.
“By the end of it, I’d say the score flattered us a little bit.”
Aspen led 12-5 at halftime on Butler’s two tries and a 2-point conversion from fly half Brendan Walsh. Walsh added a 3-point penalty kick in the second, then converted both of Gregorski’s tries to pad the 29-10 victory.
“Always good to get off with a win, but we’ve got work to do,” said Melrose.
On Saturday at 3 p.m. at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, the Gents host the Olympic Club Blues of San Francisco in their Super League home-opener. A high school game at 1 p.m. will precede the main event.
The Olympic Club got hammered in their Super League opener on Sunday at the Kansas City Blues, losing 60-25.
But Melrose wasn’t concerned about that result, either.
“For me personally, I’m not taking a lot of stock with what’s been happening in past seasons or in the early going right now,” he said. “It seems to me that there’s some strong teams out there and they’re all doing active recruiting, so you can’t take too much from season to season, game to game, especially in the opening games.”
“We’ve got to take care of our business first.”
This weekend, Melrose said the Gents will focus on “continuity in general.”
“It’s fine-tuning, mate, the positioning of players, attack in general, our breakdown and trying to increase the number of phases.”
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