Director of rugby Nigel Davies vows Gloucester will not repeat Premiership defeat against Sale
8:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
NIGEL Davies is adamant Gloucester will move swiftly on from their ‘humiliating’ Aviva Premiership opener with Sale and ensure such a defeat is never repeated, writes Paddy von Behr.
Gloucester welcomed Sale to Kingsholm looking to lay to rest an unwanted run of three successive opening-day losses but they couldn’t as the Sharks bit.
Former England wing Mark Cueto was the inspiration for Sale with the only try of the first half before his clever kick set up Andy Forsyth for their second after the break.
A Henry Trinder reply and two penalties from Freddie Burns, to take his tally for the match to 11 points, gave Gloucester hope but Sale ran out 22-16 winners.
Director of rugby Davies didn’t hold back in how the loss went down in the Kingsholm dressing room and insists they must deal with the consequences front on.
“We have got to lick our wounds a little bit,” said Davies. “And we are wounded – we are humiliated.
“But that is the nature of the sport. It is the last thing we wanted at home but we have got to deal with it head on now.
“I think we need to look hard at our game management and our set piece too. But that will get better and Sale were very good.
“They put pressure on us in the first half when they had the breeze behind them, they kicked long and we didn’t exit as well as we should have.
“Unfortunately there is always a winner and a loser and on this occasion we weren’t good enough. We’ll take it on the chin and work a lot harder to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
A Nick Macleod penalty had got Sale up and running before Cueto’s try while two successful kicks from Tom Arscott had Sale leading 14-3 at the break.
A penalty from Burns was all Gloucester could muster in the first half and Davies insists they will need more than just team spirit to be successful this season.
“We should have dealt with Sale better. We knew what was coming, didn’t deal with them and they were allowed a free reign in that contact area,” he added.
“That was why we came out second best. The side has shown resilience but as I’ve said going into the season we can’t rely on that all the time to get us through games.”
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