Glouces­ter coach slams ‘mis­takes’ de­spite win

Sunday Sun - - Rugby -


GLOUCES­TER head coach Jo­han Ack­er­mann has called on his side to pro­duce a full 80-minute per­for­mance de­spite the con­vinc­ing 36-16 win over Worces­ter at King­sholm.

Ol­lie Thor­ley scored two tries for Glouces­ter, with James Han­son, Jaco Vis­agie, Fred­die Clarke and Char­lie Sharples also cross­ing, and Billy Twel­ve­trees adding three con­ver­sions.

Bryce Heem scored a try for Worces­ter, with Dun­can Weir kick­ing the con­ver­sion and three penal­ties.

Ack­er­mann said: “I’m sat­is­fied with the win and very pleased with the ex­tra point against a qual­ity side.

“We knew we had to start well and we be­came con­fi­dent by scor­ing two well-con­structed tries, but then there was a phase where we made silly mis­takes and our dis­ci­pline let us down.

“We couldn’t be­lieve we were only a point ahead at half time but we took the in­ter­val mes­sages on board to start the sec­ond half well and be more ac­cu­rate.

“We got the score­board rolling again but, when the game was wrapped up, we again made silly mis­takes and we need to show more ma­tu­rity in fin­ish­ing off the games.”

Worces­ter scrum-half Michael Heaney who made his first start in the Premier­ship in the ab­sence of the in­jured Francois Hougaard con­ceded it was a tough af­ter­noon for his side.

He said: “It was a dif­fi­cult day at the of­fice and we didn’t hold on to the ball for long enough as they are a big, heavy force.

“We got our­selves back into the game by half time but we strug­gled to con­tain them af­ter­wards, al­though we showed a bit of fight at the tail end of the game.

“We haven’t been able to back up our big per­for­mances but we are work­ing on im­prov­ing the sit­u­a­tion.”

Worces­ter di­rec­tor of rugby Alan Solomons had no com­plaints about the re­sult.

He said: “We were out-mus­cled and they were on top of us for most of the game, and Chris Pen­nell’s yel­low card made no dif­fer­ent to the re­sult.”

“The phys­i­cal­ity of their pack was cru­cial and they dom­i­nated the col­li­sions to­day, but we could have played bet­ter.”

Solomons hoped to be able to strengthen his side in readi­ness for the next group of Premier­ship fix­tures.

He said: “We rested Ben Teo’o to­day and he’ll be back as will Francois (Hougaard), who would have made a dif­fer­ence to­day as he is more phys­i­cal.”

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