Glaws rue high penalty count

The Rugby Paper - - European Challenge Cup Final -

WITH Glouces­ter los­ing out not just on a third Chal­lenge Cup ti­tle, but also a chance at play-off qual­i­fi­ca­tion for next sea­son’s Euro­pean Cup – with Northamp­ton se­cur­ing it in­stead – their rugby direc­tor David Humphreys cut a for­lorn fig­ure.

He said: “It’s most dis­ap­point­ing that we did not re­ally test Stade Fran­cais in the way we planned. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Stade. We had a good start, but it’s very hard to play any rugby with no ball.

“Stade put us un­der huge pres­sure at the set­piece – and, ul­ti­mately, we didn’t have any pos­ses­sion. We gave away penalty af­ter penalty and against the top teams you can’t do that.”

Humphreys added: “We haven’t hid­den be­hind the fact that it’s been a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son. But we know we’re not far away.”

Af­ter a trou­bled sea­son in which Stade play­ers blocked a con­tro­ver­sial amal­ga­ma­tion with Rac­ing, a ju­bi­lant Ser­gio Parisse saluted his team­mates: “This was the first Euro­pean ti­tle for the club, and these play­ers have writ­ten a new chap­ter in its his­tory – this gives me a lot of pride.”

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