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Davies not so mellow yellow

Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies blamed his side's ill discipline for their 27-19 defeat by Harlequins as they were shown three yellow cards at the Stoop.

Gloucester lost Jimmy Cowan, Tom Savage and Martyn Thomas to the sin-bin, with Cowan's absence proving to be the most costly as Quins scored 14 points while he was off the field to swing the game decisively in their favour.

"For the first 20 to 25 minutes we were in the contest but the yellow card for Cowan saw a huge momentum swing," said Davies.

"I have no complaints about the first two yellow cards but the third one for Martyn Thomas was farcical as I couldn't work it out at all."

Davies also hinted there may be repercussions for his players for their ill discipline.

"There were some decent bits from us, but giving away yellow cards is your responsibility and this issue may be brought up when it comes down to selection," he added.

"This team is better than they are playing."

Despite the win for Harlequins, their director of rugby Conor O'Shea was not fully satisfied with the performance as they failed to pick up a bonus point.

"We let the momentum go in the game, when we were in total control. I don't understand why we took our foot off the pedal," O'Shea said.

Quins scored three tries through Danny Care, Luke Wallace and Nick Easter and looked to have secured their bonus point when Tom Williams crashed over, but the television match official ruled that the final pass from Nick Evans to Williams was forward.

"For the life of me I cannot understand how that decision was reached," O'Shea said.

"We want the right decisions to be made as one point lost could mean a lot at the end of the season."

Despite this criticism, the Quins boss was content with how the season is progressing for his side.

"That is three consecutive wins in the Premiership and we are back in the top four," he added.

"We are digging our way back into the Premiership but we are going to have to be more ruthless."

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