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I need time to revitalise Treviso says coach Kieran Crowley

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 10/09/2016

Huge task: Kieran Crowley is aiming to change the mindset at Treviso
Huge task: Kieran Crowley is aiming to change the mindset at Treviso

Treviso head coach Kieran Crowley insists it will take time to turn round the fortunes of the Italian strugglers.

Having finished bottom of the Guinness PRO12 last season, former All Black Crowley was recruited from Canada for this season with his early impression that Ulster's weekend opponents have much to do to improve.

"I arrived in February for a few weeks just to see how they do things and then was back over in May," said the 1987 World Cup-winning squad member. "I had a couple of weeks before we broke up and then we were back in July so there's only been a few months really.

"You can't hide from the facts. We've got to bring consistency and hope performances get better and better. Players can get to have a negative view of their results. Even in the games I saw last year that they won, they were trying not to lose, not trying to win.

"We need to change that mindset and that's something that's going to be a challenge. I'm new and trying to make changes but these things take time.

"You have to have the culture right, the leadership right and your style of play. They're the things I've been focusing on and we'll see as we go through the season if we're getting any positive results from it.

"It's a round-robin competition and everyone is going to be tested so you just have to embrace it and go with it."

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