Blair: "We love playing at DAM Health Stadium"

Blair: "We love playing at DAM Health Stadium"

Head Coach Mike Blair was full of praise for his side's efforts, as the capital club returned to winning ways in spectacular style, thumping Irish side Connacht 56-8 at DAM Health Stadium.

On young guns stepping up

I see the growth in the group, this is the fourth game that this set of players have played together, starting with Ospreys away, and I’ve seen improvement every week.

Today was the end result of all that work that’s gone in, some of the young players in particular. Stevie Lawrie was telling me that we’re missing 14 international forwards, so the effort they’ve put in to have a performance like that is excellent.

On home comforts

I want to reiterate how much we love playing at DAM Health Stadium, the crowd get behind us and enjoy what we’re trying to do. The first 20 minutes was a bit sticky, we hadn’t had a game for two weeks with the bye week, and it took a little bit of time to get things going.

What I really liked is that we stuck to what we were trying to do, and started executing to put Connacht under pressure.

On Muncaster and Boyle

They’ve massively grown into things. Ben Muncaster is a great personality to have around the place, he’s a little bit bonkers. I remembed talking to him after the Leinster about upping his work rate, he can have a really strong carry and then maybe go hiding a little bit.

I told him I had a clip to see, and he said ‘Mike, it’s my first game of the season!’. He’s grown massively, as has Connor Boyle. He has a maturity to his game, and took his opportunity again.

It’s young players coming through; there will be times that they don’t get game time because there are 14 international forwards waiting injured or with Scotland. They bide their time, and take the opportunity when it’s there for them.

On Blair Kinghorn

He’s an impressive athlete, and an impressive rugby player. It’s not just his ability to break the line himself, but the timing of the pass and the inside support. He has X-factor as well.

It’s a difficult period for some players, they’re away with Scotland and are sat on the bench and then come back, and it’s difficult to get their rhythm back. Blair has enjoyed being back this week, and he’s just got on and done things really well.

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