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Gloucester Rugby: We won't have another season like this one, says Nigel Davies

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

Nigel Davies

NIGEL Davies has once again lamented Gloucester’s discipline but insists the incessant issues will be tackled during the summer.

The Cherry and Whites fell on the wrong side of the law far too often at Sixways as relegated Worcester Warriors claimed just their second victory of the league season.

Gloucester conceded a glut of penalties and saw both Jonny May and Rob Cook sent to the sin-bin.

And while Davies was disappointed with some of the decisions made by referee JP Doyle he admits Gloucester must look at themselves.

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Davies said: “It’s hugely disappointing and sums up our season in many ways. In patches we showed good ability and in others we dropped off badly.

“Discipline, once again I’m fed up of talking about it, two yellow cards and I lost count of how many penalties we gave away and that allowed them to get back into the game.

“There were some harsh decisions, there’s no doubt about that but part of that is we have built up a reputation as a side that gives penalties away.

“It was very frustrating, similar incidents were looked at differently but we were in control of that game and we allowed the referee to interpret it as he did. Two yellow cards puts a lot of pressure on the team and the reason Worcester got back into the game was the amount of penalties we gave away. We have to take the referee out of the games and we weren’t able to do that.”

A lack of control and mistakes in defence also proved costly at Sixways but Gloucester were depleted by injuries and fielded a makeshift back line.

Davies admits that caused his side problems but he insists the basic errors are inexcusable but remains confident the Cherry and Whites will be much stronger next season.

Davies said: “We’re definitely close to the bone in terms of resources, particularly behind the scrum but it was fine overall.

“Billy Burns did well at 10, he played well, it was a big occasion for him but it’s always a bit of a disruption. But we won’t hide from that, the boys on the field, particularly Billy, did well.

“But we haven’t been able to control games as sides who are successful do, until we can do that, we will always be on a wing and a prayer.

“The half-backs are key in terms of managing how you play the game and the way you play the game but I won’t single out individual players.

“The good thing is a lot of time and effort has gone into what has gone wrong and we’re already in the process of driving that forward for next season.

“It’s going to be a very productive summer, which will allow us to make sure this doesn’t happen again. I’m very optimistic; we absolutely won’t have another season like this.

“We will have firm foundations in our game around our setpiece and our defensive organisation and we have to manage games better.

“Our discipline as a result of the work we do around defence and the setpiece will be a lot better. We will look to hold on to the attacking flair within the team and balance that with some pragmatism, in terms of making sure we have the base game to get results.”

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