Simons happy with Thunder fightback

Evan Simons says a half time team talk where Thunder were told to “scrap” their first half performance proved key in securing advancement into the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

After an impressive opening, Thunder conceded 16 points after losing intensity and cohesion, but following stern words from the coaching staff, were able to arrest the slide with 12 unanswered points in the second half.

Speaking to ThunderRugby.com Simons said: “We started off like a house on fire in the first ten minutes and stuck to our structures and everything we do in training and then it all started going downhill.

“We went from winning the ruck to losing a bit of control and a bit of game management and moving away from what we were doing.

“They scored one and our heads dropped a little bit and then they got two on the bounce, with the third one really hitting us hard and letting us know we were in for a bit of a battle.

“It was good to get a try just before half-time because that let us go in with a bit more positivity after the first 30. There was a deserved rollicking at half time and we went out with a different attitude in the second half and fair play to Benn for showing some good bottle to kick it there.”

“We showed some good grit in that second half and I think we’re all happy with that.”

Thunder will discover their opponents for the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on Tuesday evening when the draw will be conducted live via the BBC Sport website.