Set-piece improvement key for Scrivener

Guinness PRO12 Editor

18 Feb 2011

Edinburgh interim head-coach Nick Scrivener has targeted an improvement in side’s set-piece for the clash against Munster this weekend.

Scrivener was disappointed with Edinburgh’s performance in the scrum and lineout at Rodney Parade in their 30 v 22 defeat to the Dragons but believes he will see an improvement against the current league leaders.

"The big themes of our week have been improving the set-piece, how we defend the opposing team's set-piece, and how we bring more physicality and direction at the breakdown,” said Scrivener.

"We played a lot of good stuff against the Dragons, but if it's happening in isolation, without the solid foundations you need to get a proper foothold, we're not going to win games.

Edinburgh have been boosted by the return of Scotland duo Scott MacLeod and Ross Rennie for the trip to Thomond Park and their experience at the stadium will be invaluable according to their coach.

"It's great to have Scott and Ross back as well, they're quality rugby players who will thrive in a hostile environment like Thomond Park.

"A number of our guys haven't played there before, but the mark of a good player is to be inspired rather than intimidated by that sort of atmosphere.

"We'll need everyone to front up, to hit a much better level of performance than last week and sustain it over the game."

"The way Munster play has changed slightly in the last few years, and there's no doubt they've got a number of dangerous weapons in the backs, but the basics of their game are always at a very high level and we should take our lead from that.

"We've shown right across the season that we can play, but for us to properly take advantage of that and get back to winning matches, we need to give ourselves a platform.

"We have to look after the ball better, especially away from home, and make sure we don't let matches get away from us in a short space of time as was the case last Saturday.

"It's about tightening up our game, really fronting up physically, and achieving consistency of performance."