Press Pass with Stevie Lawrie
Get the latest from Forwards Coach Stevie Lawrie as he spoke with press in the build-up to Saturday's Round 5 trip to face Zebre Parma at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.
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On the win against Vodacom Bulls
“I thought we showed really good balance and I know that Mike has already said that. When we went to our kicking game, we got some really good outcomes on our contestables and they gave us opportunities.
“I was really proud of elements, particularly in terms of our scrum – there was a real edge there against the Bulls and that is going to be important against Zebre again.
“We had some big moments with our line-out defence, although we had a disappointing day with our line-out attack – so there are things to fix as well.
“I was pleased mainly with the attitude – I know that is supposed to be a given, but I just think with the crowd there it was a really special vibe on Saturday night.”
On younger players stepping up
“I don’t mind saying that the younger boys are here to retire the older boys. I remember Simon Webster saying that. And that breeds competition.
“We’ve got a lot of intelligence and experience in that pack so it is about feeding off each other – with the younger guys learning from the older guys, and maybe the older guys being driven on by those younger guys’ energy.
“That breeds a really strong culture – and I think we saw the benefit of that with a step-up last Saturday – and now it is important that we take another step up against Zebre because they have a really good scrum which had Glasgow in trouble a couple of times towards the back end of that game last week."
On his increased role as Forwards Coach
“I’m doing the scrum, line-out and contact area, so I am really enjoying the opportunity to do that at the moment.
“I learned a lot from Cockers and speaking to him now in his environment as invaluable.
“I am very lucky because of the experience we have in that pack, and it is about using that intelligence and making sure that you are drawing that out of them, but also you are driving in a way that we expect Edinburgh packs to be dominant because that’s part of our DNA.
“So, it is really important that the environment, especially for the forwards, is really tough.
‘Mike understands how important the pack is to the way we want to play, so he’s been great in terms of his support of the work we need to do to make sure we’ve got a dominant pack.
“I firmly believe that we’ve got a pack who want to work really, really hard for each other, and who really enjoy the dark stuff – and if you enjoy the dark stuff then that allows you to do the stuff in the light which everyone wants to see and talk about."
On finishing the opening block of fixtures on a high
“For sure. Psychologically, for coaches as well, you want to be reviewing a solid performance and a victory.
“It will be tough out in Zebre. They ran Glasgow close. They are a team who are as physical as hell but also have threats so it is really important.
“I think also, with the draw and the narrow loss, it is important that we finish this block of five with confidence and belief to send the guys who are going off on international duty with Fiji and Scotland away with the win."