‘Stick to the gameplan’ – Afoa

Date published: April 14 2017

Prop John Afoa has called on his Gloucester teammates to have faith in the game-plan as well as improve their set pieces in the season run-in.

The Cherry and Whites do battle with Sale at Kingsholm on Saturday in what is a must-win game if they are to still be in with a chance of qualifying for the Champions Cup.

And Afoa, who has won 36 caps for the All Blacks, believes that if they execute the gameplan they have been practising at training, then they should be in with a good chance, according to the Gloucester Citizen.

“In the game you can’t over-think it, you’ve got to back the calls the callers are making and execute the game plan and stay with it,” said Afoa.

“In a game you have a plan but we’ve got to be flexible too. If things are not working or other opportunities are open, you’ve got to see that and take it.”

The 33-year-old has also bemoaned the forwards’ execution of set pieces during Friday’s defeat to Newcastle.

“There were areas of the game on Friday night (against Newcastle) where we didn’t perform as well as we wanted to,” said Afoa.

“You’re only as good as your last game, we struggled at set piece and pretty much lost the game for the team so it’s a big onus for us to make sure we get that right.

“It’s crucial for our forwards that we handle them up front, no cheap metres, they can’t kick into the corners or hold onto the ball for a long time to get their threats into the game.”