Glaws rue high penalty count
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.”