Treviso, the Urc is back. Bortolami: “Foot play, defense and attack, we change”

The Glasgow Warriors arrive in Treviso on Saturday, the goal is to win with a link in the standings. The Benetton coach speaks after the long break for the autumn test matches

Ivan Malfatto

“Out of the 23 players on the list we will have about ten returning from the autumn test meeting with Italy, plus a few from the National A team. It will be a competitive team”. Marco Bortolami thus approaches the return of Benetton toUnited Rugby Championship-Urc after a month of rest. Saturday at 14 a Treviso the Italian club in the 6th day of the competition will face the Glasgow Warriors. An opponent 3 points ahead in the standings (15 against 12), by virtue of a specular performance: 3 wins and 2 defeats for the Scots, 2 wins and 3 defeats for the Italians. The goal is to balance the scores and overtake, or at least hit the hook in 6th place.

What Glasgow will you find in front of you?

“With the same problems as ours to manage the use of many national teams on their return. We are in the same boat”.

In your case you will use about ten.

“Yes, among those who returned this week. We gave the 7-8 who played the most another week of rest, they will return next week”.

Is turnover important in such situations?

“Fundamental. We tried to manage it also as a preventive measure. Lamaro and Lucchesi, for example, had already given a rest session with the Scarlets. Even Italy did a turnover in the three tests, so they didn’t come back. super squeezed players at the club. ”

What, besides this, did the autumn tests leave you as a legacy?

“A month where we were able to work on some characteristics of our game to try to make it more effective. I would have liked to do a greater amount of work. But between players in the national team and the need for recovery it was not possible. It is already important to have focused three specific situations “.

“The first is the management of the game at the foot from our half of the field. The opening half will do it more than the scrum half. The goal is to make it less cumbersome, more effective in building pressure on the opponent. This is a shortcoming in general of Italian rugby, we saw it in the test lost in that way against Argentina “.

“The defense in the first phase: we will focus more on the connection between players than on the exasperated climb, in the other phases we will return to favor the pressure. The attack in the opponents 22 meters: we will seek more balance between the use of forwards and backs in the zones intervention “.

Do you hope to improve effectiveness with these adjustments?

“Yes. In the first 5 games we have always been in the race until the last, except against Ulster where we had made a large turnover, but we only won 2. With a different” mindset “we hope to make the key episodes run. in our favor and win more. Starting Saturday with Glasgow and the following week in Edinburgh. ”

The creed of this new mentality?

“Seizing the opportunity, rather than trying to build it almost obsessively, by playing in situations on the pitch and pressure such as to induce the opponent to make a mistake so that this opportunity is created”.

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Treviso, the Urc is back. Bortolami: “Foot play, defense and attack, we change”

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