YORKSHIRE Carnegie boss Bryan Redpath has told players to keep their form – as he is about to stick to a settled side.
They head to London Scottish tomorrow in the British & Irish Cup having ended a three-match losing run by beating the same opponents at Scarborough on Sunday.
Plenty of players crucially regained confidence in that match and Redpath could be tempted to go with largely the same squad tomorrow as they build towards the huge Championship game with Rotherham Titans on December 27.
The former Scotland scrum-half has chopped and changed a little in recent weeks but, as the turn of the year approaches, knows that he must now find his best side.
“It’s a massive part of the season coming up,” said Redpath.
“I’ve tried to give as many people as possible game-time but now it’s about winning matches and not necessarily trying combinations and giving someone a go. It’s about winning so if a team gets picked and keeps winning there’s no reason to change.”
He conceded their 56-7 thrashing of Scottish last week was a vital fillip for his squad.
“It was massive for us,” he said, with Carnegie having slipped to third in the league following defeats against London Welsh and Nottingham.
“We’d lost a bit of confidence and some momentum but we defended exceptionally well against Scottish and got our rewards in the second half.
“By the end of the game everyone was enjoying themselves.
“We’ll carry confidence from that but it will be a different challenge this week.
“As long as we’ve learned and not dwelled too much on the past and learned from tough games we’ve had, that’s the main thing.”
They head to Ealing Trailfinders on January 2 before returning to British and Irish Cup action.
Redpath added: “We’ve got to carry confidence into these next three games and we have to look at that.
“We know after analysing Scottish they had a different game against Bristol and Rotherham to the one they played against us last week.
“They made six changes so that changed the focus on how they played.
“I presume Saturday will be more like what they have done in the league, they will pick a stronger team against us and go hard so we have to be expecting a bit more resilience this week. “I think they will. I know their coaches and they are dogged characters who will be up for this so it will be another new challenge for us.”
For Carnegie, Andy Saull is available as are Oli Goss, Richard Beck and Mike Myerscough.