Bishops 1st XV coach Angus Firth speaks to MARIETTE ADAMS about his team’s Premier Interschools derby against Rondebosch at Piley Rees on Saturday.
Bishops have lost 12 games, won 10 and drawn one. How would you summarise your season?
Very inconsistent. We’ve played some magnificent rugby, but we just haven’t been able to do so for a full game. Half a game would be great and then the other half would be equally poor.
Bishops lost 15-14 to Rondebosch earlier in the year. What did you take away from that result?
The execution of our set pieces was substandard. I think we lost about 11 lineouts. We’ve certainly worked hard on that and I’m proud to say that is an aspect of our game that has improved enormously. Considering we had about 30% ball possession in that game and still came within a point, I think we did well. If we can up that to about 60%, we’d be much better against Rondebosch on Saturday.
How would you describe the rivalry between Bishops and Rondebosch?
It’s a huge, strong rivalry, but it’s also a healthy rivalry. Most of boys are neighbours and the schools are situated about 500m apart. There may be fighting over sport, but they are all friends.
Which team will be under more pressure to perform on Saturday?
Bishops, because we lost the first meeting in 2016. Rondebosch already have a win in the bag and we haven’t got anything. The pressure will be on us because we have to catch up and also because we will play at Piley Rees.
What are you expecting from Rondebosch?
We are expecting them to be disruptive. They will come at us hard in defence and try to disrupt as much of the ball as they can. They play percentage rugby and will probably kick more in an attempt to play in our half. It will be tough for us to play running rugby, so we’ll have to play the territorial game as well and not mess around in our half.
Will Bishops field their strongest starting XV?
We’ll be pretty much full strength. One of our wings, George Spencer, has tonsillitis but is expected to play on Saturday.
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