We de­served our suc­cess with­out late con­tro­versy

Gloucestershire Echo - - GLOUCESTER RUGBY -

JO­HAN Ack­er­mann felt Glouces­ter were fully de­serv­ing of their 24-17 win over Ex­eter de­spite some late con­tro­versy.

The Chiefs were un­happy the win­ning try, scored by Ben Mor­gan, was al­lowed to stand as they ap­pealed for ob­struc­tion by James Han­son on Tom O’fla­herty in the build-up.

They also ques­tioned the de­ci­sion to award a knock on when they were camped un­der Glouces­ter’s posts which ended their hopes of a drawe.

“From a dis­tance, I said ‘there’s a knock, there’s a knock,’” said Glouces­ter head coach Ack­er­mann.

“The try, again, we had some calls in the game that we thought: ‘was it the right one?’

“But I know it’s stuff that will be con­stantly de­bated.”

De­spite the nervy fin­ish and close score­line, it could have made it more com­fort­able if Glouces­ter were able to con­vert some big top­por­tu­ni­ties.

“I think we would have looked back at the game if we didn’t win it and say we left a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties out there,” said Ack­er­mann.

“Those tries we scored were good and there was some good at­tack.

“Ja­son Wood­ward would prob­a­bly have scored if he caught it, Franco Marais knocked the ball close to the try line, Ol­lie (Thor­ley) was close in the cor­ner. There was a few out there, a few penal­ties missed. “You could see we haven’t played a lot of rugby in the last few weeks, it wasn’t flu­ent, and 14 turnovers where we knocked the ball (on) so a big workon for us but a good start af­ter the break.

“Credit to the play­ers, that’s a mas­sive ef­fort and I’m proud of each in­di­vid­ual for the ef­fort they’ve put in and proud of the sup­port­ers who come out ev­ery week and sup­port us.” Ack­er­mann ad­mit­ted there were parts of Glouces­ter’s game they could “pol­ish up” but was pleased with how his side re­sponded to a break with two rest week­ends and two dead rub­bers al­low­ing him to rest play­ers in re­cent weeks.

He said: “As much as we en­joyed the break to freshen the play­ers up, to give them a men­tal break, a phys­i­cal break you al­ways knew you can’t do any­thing for a match other than play, get that match sharp­ness, that match fit­ness.

Glouces­ter’s first win of 2019 puts their play-off bid back on track in the Premier­ship af­ter back-to-back league de­feats.

“It’s mas­sive,” ad­mit­ted Ack­er­mann. “We gave a lot of the teams op­por­tu­nity to get back into the hunt and this is go­ing to go down all the sea­son.

“The chal­lenge is go­ing to get big­ger and big­ger as the weeks progress.”

Paddy Mcal­lis­ter cel­e­brates

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