Relishing Cinderford's role as entertainers? I'm all right, Jack
THEY say good players look like they have lots of time on the ball, Jack Adams seems to have an eternity.
Any comparisons to Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes are not just confined to his ginger locks as the Cinderford centre also shares the former England international's subtle effectiveness.
While wing men Lloyd Stapleton and Nevaro Codlin have been getting on the end of flowing attacking moves with five and four tries apiece respectively, Adams has more than played his part.
Bagging four scores himself, the former Gloucester midfielder has set up five of the team's 20 tries in their first four National One games, meaning he has played a part in nearly half their tally.
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It is not just the quantity of the Foresters' scores in their three victories and a draw that the ex-Moseley and Bristol man has been impressed with most, but the quality.
Andy Deacon's men average 35 points a game and are the only team in English rugby's third tier to notch four-try scoring bonus points in all of their opening fixtures.
Paying tribute to his new teammates, Adams said everything has clicked into place from day one of the campaign at Cambridge.
"In the first game we played in this season at Cambridge, we were playing with the ball on our five metre line and managed to get out of it and then we learned from that," he said.
"Then instead of playing in their half we played out of our own 22 and then scored from our 22 and then we did it again.
"Not only are we scoring tries, but we are scoring some fantastic tries.
"I can't remember witnessing tries like this last year when I was playing at Moseley.
"I can't remember tries like this at Bristol either. There were one or two individual tries but the team tries were not being scored like they are here."
Adams and company will be looking to build on their fantastic start to their campaign with one of their longest trips of the season to Tynedale in Northumbria tomorrow.
In recent seasons, the Foresters have built a lot of their success on the strength of their defence which finished second only to champions Jersey last year.
Despite conceding more points this season on the harder grounds better suited to running rugby, the defence has looked stronger with Adams and centre partner Robbie Winchle appearing solid.
After helping insert a more attacking side to their game this season, 26-year-old Adams says he has also tried to add something to the defence as well.
"Any of the lads will tell you that I don't shut up on the pitch," added Adams.
"I like to annoy people in that way and just constantly go on and on and on about who is marking who.
"It's annoying but it gets the message across and everyone knows who they have got and who they will tackle and that is what I try and do for our defence.
"You won't see me rushing up five metres from the line trying to smash someone, but that is not what you want from a defence, you want a solid defence.
"I like to think that my defence is definitely stronger this year more than any other year and if that is working well then the attack goes with it."