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Gloucester Rugby: Nigel Davies slams discipline in defeat

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

Nigel Davies was bitterly disappointed with Gloucester's discipline

Nigel Davies has slammed Gloucester’s performance after they were beaten 24-19 by Sale Sharks.

The Cherry and Whies made the perfect start at the AJ Bell Stadium as Martyn Thomas squeezed in the corner after less than two minutes.

But things quickly unravelled for Gloucester and they imploded either side of the interval as James Hudson and Sila Puafisi were sin-binned and 14-point conceded.

Davies was disappointed with the physicality of his side and insists the ten minutes of madness were inexcusable.

He said: “I’m very disappointed because we didn’t play anywhere near to our potential. There was a five minute period either side of half-time which was just madness in terms of our accuracy, discipline and basic elements.

“We lost a couple of lineouts, which we should have won and we failed to take a kick-off which is exceptionally poor.

“It cost us 14 points and that was the difference. There are other parts of the game that let us down but some of the basic things we have to get right and catching the kick-off is certainly one of those.

“I’d have to look at the yellow cards again to see whether the players went for the ball or the hand but I have no real complaints as they happened live.

“The ridiculous thing is the second yellow card was a replay of the first which I just can’t defend. You have to be squeaky clean when you’re down to 14 men.

“It was about managing the first five or six minutes in the second-half, making sure we are in the right areas, not giving away any silly penalties and the first thing we do is fail to take the kick-off and get a yellow card which is incredibly frustrating.

“My first impression is 50 per cent of the team did well but the other 50 per cent didn’t show up and that’s disappointing. One or two players lacked physicality and you can’t come here and expect to win a game if you haven’t got that.”

The loss was a major blow to the Cherry and Whites’ hopes of climbing into the Premiership top six but Davies was relieved that the salvaged a bonus-point.

He added: “It was vitally important that we took something out of the game. Having two yellow cards is difficult, particularly away from home and it will always have an effect. To take something out of it is something but it’s not what I accept.”

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