Coach chat - Our weekly chat with Cockles head coach Steve Perry

PUBLISHED: 07:30 31 October 2018 | UPDATED: 07:30 31 October 2018

Henry Goldson in action for Exmouth during the win over Old Patesians. Picture JASON FAHY

Henry Goldson in action for Exmouth during the win over Old Patesians. Picture JASON FAHY


We spoke with Cockles’ head coach Steve Perry on the Monday after the Saturday before and the Cockles’ home win over Old Patesians.

Mike Richards, who was named Man of the Match in the Cockles win over Old Patesians, on his way to ttry line during the home victory. Picture JASON FAHYMike Richards, who was named Man of the Match in the Cockles win over Old Patesians, on his way to ttry line during the home victory. Picture JASON FAHY

First up, we asked him for his thoughts on the performance and result.

He said: “We played well and there seemed to be a real resolve amongst the players get the job done – and get it done swiftly.

“As it turned out, the game was ‘won’ early on and that was something of a shame for it meant that the second half was not the best spectacle for another good turnout of support at the Imperial Ground.”

He continued: “I was very pleased with how focussed we were.

“They [Old Patesians] might well have come to us as the bottom side, but the South West Premier Division this season does not seem to offer up any ‘given’ games and so it’s very important that the focus is correct from the first whistle, be the games at home or away and be they against top or bottom opposition.”

Was there an element of the performance/result that you were not best pleased with?

Perry responded: “I am never pleased to see tries scored against us and we did ship four in this game, which is something we need to look at.

“Of course there are always reasons for tries being conceded and sometimes you have to hold your hand up and say the opposition did very well to score that one – but at other times you need to take a long hard look at the way tries were conceded and, of course, if they were conceded through error, to make sure that we do not make the same mistake twice!”

Now attention turns to another away game and, for Perry, it will be nostalgic return to the club he left earlier this year - Barnstaple.

Our question to the head coach is, does preparation become any different for this game given you probably know so much about the opposition?

Perry responds: “No. The simple fact is that we, as a group, need to make sure that we are focussed on our own game and what we want to do in the 80 minutes. Good discipline and focus are the all-important commodities that are required. Of course, it helps to a degree that we know a lot about the Barnstaple team, but they will have a game plan – and a determination – to go out and get the result for themselves and their club and I am sure the fact that I was previously with the club will have no bearing on the action.

“Having said that, I cannot stress enough how important it is for us to make sure that we play the game and not the occasion, as it is another Devon derby which always adds that little extra spice to such challenges.”

In terms of player availability, how is it looking for the Barum game?

Perry says: “We are fortunate to be able to call on the services of two number nines who were not with us against Old Pats. Matt Ryan and Sam Fulthorpe are both fit and available to us and we also have James Harris back from holiday, though there remains a doubt about George Savage, who missed Saturday’s game through injury.”


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