Novès fury at players' attitudes

Date published: September 2 2014

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Guy Novès has warned his Toulouse players that some attitudes were unacceptable during the defeat to La Rochelle.

Guy Novès has warned his Toulouse players that some attitudes were unacceptable during the defeat to La Rochelle.

Toulouse went down 37-25 to the promoted side, falling apart in the last 20 minutes as they conceded 18 points to fail to even pick up a losing bonus point.

The turning point appeared to be the sin-binning of Corey Flynn, the former All Black hooker earning a yellow card for leaving a shoulder in on a player chasing a high ball.

And after Toulouse's struggles on the road last season, where they won just once all season in the Top 14, Novès insists that things have to change, starting at Brive next week.

“It's true that compared with our performance against Oyonnax the game against Castres felt like a reaction, but we had no choice because we were at home,” Novès told Rugbyrama.

“This was our first away game and we varied between the very good and the very bad. We need to be better than average because it's unacceptable to see certain attitudes.

“Some of the attitudes were not at the level we were expecting. It's mainly on an individual level, but of course it has an effect on the team. We need to be a lot more professional and serious when we play.

“We've won two and lost one, so for now we're ok because we're near the top of the table. The results last weekend showed that nobody is finding it easy. We've seen what worked and what didn't.

“We'll try to be better next weekend at Brive.

“If I was very competent, I would explain, but as I'm not competent enough, I'm trying to find reason for this slacking off. And it wasn't just for the last 20 minutes, but every time we scored points.

“We scored and then conceded, then we scored and conceded again. There was a sloppiness that is unacceptable because when we score we can't let up, instead we need to go back and attack again.”

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