‘We must be more clinical’ – Gill

Date published: April 20 2016

Reds flanker Liam Gill feels his side must more clinical when they take on the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.

After notching their first win of the season against the Highlanders in Round Seven, the Reds suffered a 41-22 defeat against the Bulls in Pretoria at the weekend.

And now they face the African Conference One leaders, the Stormers, who will be smarting after their 29-22 loss to the Lions in Johannesburg.

"We need to be more clinical in the big moments," said Gill.

"We’re getting ourselves into good situations, we just need to execute."

Gill caught the eye with an impressive overall display against the Bulls. That performance included landing a a 41-metre drop goal in that clash with the three-time champions.

There is little in the rugby skills book that Gill does not already have in his kit bag, as evidenced by that successful long-range shot against the Bulls.

Add that to his broad array of skills including world class pilferer, strong ball runner, powerful defender and confident distributor, and you have the complete player.

With David Pocock and Sean McMahon each building on their form of last year’s World Cup campaign, the Reds fetcher has blocked the prospect of Wallabies selection from his mind.

"Not at the moment," said Gill.

"All I’m worried about is playing quality football for the Reds and trying to turn this team into a winning team.

It must have been every forward’s dream to do as Gill did when he calmly potted that drop goal.

No one watching him slip into first receiver would have expected that shot, yet after insisting he had practised the skill for years at training, the 23-year-old took his chance.

"It was almost a brain explosion," he added.

"But I knew we had the advantage if I missed. So I thought I’d step back, take the duties and have a crack."