KIRKCALDY Rugby coach Quintan Sanft is looking to take the positives out of Saturday’s home defeat to the Howe of Fife, and has pinpointed this weekend’s match as the perfect opportunity to kickstart the team’s season.
Quinny was pleased with the Blues ability to score tries against one of the leagues top teams but is looking to tighten up defensively - an area where the team has struggled at times this season.
He said: “It was two good teams playing a derby, so although they were ahead of us in the league the form book goes out the window in a game like that.
“I thought we played really well but unfortunately it was individual errors that cost us. We missed a couple of one-on-one tackles which let them through for tries.
“They’re a strong team but we showed that we can score tries against a team near the top of the table, we just need to cut out the mistakes at the back.”
With the first round of nine matches now over the Blues sit equal second bottom of the table alongside Haddington with 12 points, and Quinny admits that the season so far has been “frustrating”.
“So far, it’s been an up and down season,” he said. “Collectively we’re playing really well, again it’s just the individual errors that we need to cut out.
“We’ve lost games to a single try or a penalty due to errors that could easily be avoided and it’s cost us points. So we’ve been quite unlucky.
“We’re playing well and working hard for tries, so the problems defensively need to be sorted.
“We need to get it done fast, this side of Christmas, because after then the league is pretty much over.”
Quinny and the team have each match recorded and will examine where they’ve been going wrong with a view to ironing out any problems, and the coach says that with the second round of games beginning on Saturday, the mood is positive amongst the team and there’s a determination to end the current losing run.
“The atmosphere is good amongst the boys,” he said. “They’re very focused and positive. They know that just by cutting out one or two silly tries we could have more points on board than we already have.
“Like I said, collectively we’re playing very well and we’re confident we can get ourselves on a bit of a run, and Saturday is the perfect place to start.”
Hawick YM come to Beveridge Park this weekend and Quinny says there will be no hangover from last weekend’s defeat, despite Kirkcaldy lagging 21 points behind the visitors.
“Hawick are a good team, particularly at home, but they are beatable,” he said. “We just lost out narrowly when we went there, so we’ll go into the game full of confidence.
“The boys know that last weekend’s game was there for the taking so that’s the message that I’ll be giving in training. We’ve got to be positive. Stop looking at the league table and concentrate on each individual game.
“We’re looking to go on a good run going into the second round of matches and it starts this weekend.”