Scaysbrook positive Chiefs can push on after Wasps win
Exeter Chiefs flanker James Scaysbrook is sure they won’t look back now they have their first win of the Aviva Premiership season in the bag.
Scaysbrook scored a pivotal try in the second half as Chiefs beat London Wasps 30-26 at Sandy Park last Saturday, in between two from summer signing Tom James.
Chiefs’ win came a week after a resounding defeat at Northampton Saints on the league’s opening weekend, and Scaysbrook admitted it was crucial they got that out of their system at the first available opportunity.
He said: “We won’t forget about what happened at Northampton, it’s going to be at the back of our minds. But now we can maybe now look forward and relax a little bit, go through the next few weeks and hopefully pick up some more wins.
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“I don’t think [the defeat] affected us in any way, it’s not like we didn’t prepare or made any wholesale changes to our game plan. In training last week we focused on a few areas we think we were poor in and they stood us in good stead for Wasps.
“It was important we got this win, so we’re happy.”
Certainly that was true from a team perspective, but Scaysbrook also admitted it made a nice change for him to cross the try line. His moment came early in the second half when a hacked kick upfield caused indecision in the Wasps defence and scrum-half Haydn Thomas was on hand to pop up a pass to the onrushing, and unstoppable, flanker.
“It was nice to get over, it was the first time I’ve got over in the league for a while, so it was nice,” he said. “It’s always nice being out there with the lads and when you’re involved with something it’s nice to actually contribute.”
Head coach Rob Baxter agreed, and considered Scaysbrook’s try to be most unusual for Chiefs, in that it was beautiful in its simplicity.
Baxter added: “It’s very rare for us to score what I’d call an easy try but in some ways [Wasps wing] Christian Wade fumbling the ball and the way we managed to produce that score was one of the simplest tries we’ve ever scored. Normally we seem to have to go through about ten phases before we get a try.
“We got reward for a good kick chase. That’s something we’ll learn to do more, build on our pressure moments. I’m pleased with a lot of what went on because it was a test of character and we’ve come through it.”
If that was how it appeared from the sidelines, Scaysbrook confirmed the feeling on the pitch was similar, the only downside being that, having been 30-12 behind, Wasps were able to peg their hosts back to within four points at the end.
“We felt kind of in control and it was a shame that we let them back into it, with perhaps a few too many penalties, so that’s something we can address,” said Scaysbrook. “It would have been nice to finish the game with a few less points against us, but we’ll take the win.
“It felt like we were reasonably in control of the first half, we just didn’t kick on. We started the second well then maybe eased off on the pressure, whereas we need to be able to maintain that pressure through the whole game.”