Ben’s pride at leading team out as the skipper
» 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.”