Ben’s pride at lead­ing team out as the skipper

Gloucestershire Echo - - RICHARDSON REPORT -

» BEN Mor­gan said it was a spe­cial mo­ment to cap­tain Glouces­ter for the first time.

The num­ber eight led the side in their first game back in the Heineken Cham­pi­ons Cup since the 2013/14 sea­son in the ab­sence of Willi Heinz and Ed Slater as they beat French cham­pi­ons Cas­tres 19-14 at King­sholm.

Mor­gan said: “For me it was a mas­sive hon­our to cap­tain Glouces­ter, let alone to do it in the Heineken Cup, it was a re­ally spe­cial mo­ment for me per­son­ally.

“I’d say it was made pretty easy by the boys around me. We’ve got loads of ex­pe­ri­ence, cap­tains be­fore as well, so it was easy on that front.

“If I get to do that again then fan­tas­tic but if not I’ll be play­ing my

part in the team.”

On be­ing back in the Cham­pi­ons Cup, he said: “To have it back at King­sholm is a real spe­cial thing.

“I feel like we owed it to the fans, we owed it to our­selves and it was a great op­por­tu­nity against Cas­tres to kick off our cam­paign.”

Callum Bra­ley scored Glouces­ter’s only try and said it was a “a dream come true” to make his Cham­pi­ons Cup de­but.

“As a boy I’d sit down on the sofa and watch it the whole week­end, three or four games on a Satur­day,” he said.

“It was a big dream of mine to play in the Cham­pi­ons Cup so I’m very proud and hope­fully I made the fam­ily proud as well.

“I didn’t do much for the try. Tom Mar­shall, a bit of bril­liance, cut the line so I can’t take too much credit.”

Bra­ley felt Glouces­ter should have another try when he pro­vided the pass for Mar­shall to score but Fraser Bal­main was deemed not to be part of the ruck and pe­nalised for ob­struc­tion in the build-up.

“It’s a tough one. We’re try­ing to hit off tempo and that means we have to hit break­downs hard,” said Bra­ley.

“The ref­eree’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of that is po­ten­tially dif­fer­ent to mine.

“It’s a big step up and swings of mo­men­tums are go­ing to be oc­cur­ring through­out the whole game so we knew if we made an er­ror or a de­ci­sion went against us we’d have to re­act pos­i­tively.

“They did get a penalty but our abil­ity to bounce back and get the mo­men­tum back was mas­sive.”

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