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Gloucester Rugby: Robson calls for clinical edge

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

Dan Robson insists Gloucester must become more clinical

Dan Robson insists Gloucester must become more clinical

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DAN Robson insists Gloucester must rediscover their clinical edge following their Heineken Cup-ending defeat to Munster.

The Cherry and Whites enjoyed plenty of opportunities against the Irish province at Kingsholm, making five clean breaks and beating a staggering 21 defenders.

But the star-studded Gloucester back-line that has all too often been starved of possession this season failed to fire.

On numerous occasions they looked to have manufactured an opening only for a lack of timing or poor handling to let them down.

Munster on the other hand only made three breaks but made them count with two tries to Gloucester’s one while Ian Keatley kept the scoreboard ticking.

Robson said: “We just weren’t clinical enough. We gave our all throughout the whole game but when we look back we will be disappointed that we didn’t take our chances.

“But Munster were very clinical. When they got into our 22 they came away with points and that’s what you have to do in Europe.”

But the scrum-half insists Gloucester can be proud of the full-hearted performance which was a stark contrast to that against Saracens.

While the fired-up forwards piled into Munster, Robson was also integral to the tempo the Cherry and Whites played with and was a vital link in Charlie Sharples’ try.

The former England Under-20s star went head-to-head with Ireland and British and Irish Lions scrum-half Conor Murray but more than held his own and enjoyed every minute.

He said: “I played Conor in the first game and love it. You have to thrive on those situations and can’t shy away from it because that’s where you want to be, in his shoes playing for your country and the Lions. It was a good test and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

“We were really determined to come out firing, we had nothing to lose and really wanted to do it for ourselves and the fans. Hopefully we restored some pride.

“We’re disappointed with the result but fair play to Munster they came here with a plan and did it really well.”

Kingsholm was a complete sell-out for the encounter and there was a deafening atmosphere from the moment the teams took to the field for the pre-match warm-up. And Robson has paid tribute to the ever present fanatical support in the Shed.

He added: “The atmosphere was second to none, the best I have ever played in.

“The crowd were amazing right until the 80th minute - they never shut up which is exactly what we want. You also have to give credit to all the Munster fans who travelled and made it one hell of a night.”

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  • StephenGeorge  |  January 15 2014, 1:52PM

    This is all well and good but what a club like Gloucester Rugby really should be doing is to ensure that Rupҽrt Hardҽn, our first choice and most talented tight head prop, starts as many games for Gloucester as is possible.

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