Kicker Evans is left ‘kick­ing him­self’

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

RUGBY UNION: Fly-half Lloyd Evans was “kick­ing him­self in the chang­ing room” after mak­ing a hash of a late penalty which may have cost Glouces­ter vic­tory away to cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter in their open­ing An­glo Welsh Cup match.

Evans, who had kicked well for his nine points, pushed the 76th-minute 30-me­tre kick, from bang in front of the posts, wide and Le­ices­ter hung on for a 2624 win at Welford Road.

Richard Whif­fin, Glouces­ter Academy’s head coach said: “You have got your 10 to kick them over but, at the end of the day, it was Lloyd’s first game for five or six months.

“He is kick­ing him­self in the chang­ing room be­cause that’s his job.

“But he led the team well for the whole game, and it’s fine mar­gins.

“We gave our­selves a chance to win so we are dis­ap­pointed we did not get over the line. But we are pleased with the per­for­mance.”

The miss prob­a­bly en­sured jus­tice was done be­cause TV re­plays ap­peared to show that Glouces­ter’s third try, by cen­tre Tom Hud­son in the 64th minute, was the re­sult of a for­ward pass.

Ref­eree Craig Evans watched sev­eral re­plays be­fore award­ing the try.

Ge­or­dan Mur­phy, Le­ices­ter’s as­sis­tant head coach, said: “I was sur­prised that the try was given. “There were a cou­ple of of­fences in there, one for ob­struc­tion and it was def­i­nitely a for­ward pass.

“But he’s a young ref­eree and it’s tough to ref­eree here.”

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