Kicker Evans is left ‘kicking himself’
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.”