Pennycook hails Scottish change of tact

Wandsworth Guardian: Ready for baptism of fire: London Scottish flanker Chevvy Pennycook has been in prime form for the exiles once again this term Ready for baptism of fire: London Scottish flanker Chevvy Pennycook has been in prime form for the exiles once again this term

London Scottish flanker Chevvy Pennycook has paid tribute to change of tack from coaches Mike Friday and James Buckland, writes Andy Weston.

The exiles beat Moseley 38-17 at the Athletic Ground on Sunday to remain in the hunt for a top four Championship finish.

Acting head coach Buckland’s men have hit top form in recent weeks running in 16 tries in their last four matches since defeat to Cornish Pirates at the beginning of November.

At the beginning of the season they were picking up points courtesy of a miserly defence, but now Pennycook says a change of tactics has seen them become more of an attacking threat.

“Mike (Friday) and Bucks (James Buckland) have put together a slightly different game plan from what we had earlier in the season,” said the Bristol-born back row star.

“Everyone knows their roles and as such we are picking up plenty of try bonus points compared to last year where we only got one or two.

“The set piece has been brilliant recently and when you dominate there it makes things a lot easier.

“We are now creating plenty of opportunities for the backs.

“It’s nice to have a good defence which we pride ourselves on, but getting over the opponents line is particularly satisfying.”

London Scottish take a break from league action with a trip to Pontypridd in the British & Irish Cup tomorrow.

Both teams go into the game unbeaten on the compeition and whoever gets the better of the back-to-back clashes will find themselves in pole position to progress out of Pool Two.

Scottish have won their last four league matches and  are third in the Championship, while Pontypridd go into the game having lost their first game of the season on Tuesday night at home to Cross Keys.

“The Welsh and English don’t exactly get on and with a crowd of around 3,000 at home it will be a tough test,” added Pennycook.

“They very rarely lose at home and have won the Welsh Premiership the past four years.

“It will be a good challenge, something different and it will be interesting to see how we adjust.

“All Welsh teams like to play a bit of rugby and I would imagine they will be tough up front. The breakdowns will be fierce.”


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