Clif­ford out with ham­string hor­ror op

The Rugby Paper - - Aviva Premiership -

QUINS’ mis­er­able sea­son took a turn for the worse as di­rec­tor of rugby John Kingston re­ported that Jack Clif­ford will be out for the sea­son.

Eng­land in­ter­na­tional No.8 Clif­ford was helped off early on. Kingston said: “He’s torn his ham­string off the bone and is out for the sea­son. He will need an op­er­a­tion.”

Clif­ford had just re­turned from a five-month ab­sence with a shoul­der in­jury.

Glouces­ter head coach, Jo­han Ack­er­mann felt it had been a tough en­counter.

He said: “For us it was a good end­ing to an arm-wres­tle as they showed a lot of fight.

“Our de­ci­sion-mak­ing in the back­line was much bet­ter but we lost a bit of pa­tience at times.

“We’ve still got two av­enues alive to try and get Euro­pean qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“We’ve got New­cas­tle Fal­cons next week­end in the Chal­lenge Cup semi-fi­nal and we know what they will bring as they won here last time.”

Kingston said: “We were stunned by the level of per­for­mance last week so I knew there would be a re­ac­tion to­day as the boys are proud of this club.

“It was on a knife-edge when it was only 16-9 but we just made too many er­rors.”

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