Davies rues Gloucester indiscipline
Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies felt his side's 28-27 defeat against already relegated Worcester Warriors at Sixways summed up the Cherry and Whites' disappointing campaign.
Gloucester ran in four tries to Worcester's three and led for long spells of the match but their indiscipline cost them in the end.
Jonny May scored two of the visitors' tries but he, and Rob Cook, were both sent to the sin bin, and the Warriors took advantage with Ryan Lamb landing a late penalty to complete an 18-point haul and secure what was only the home side's second Premiership win of the season.
Gloucester's defeat saw them drop to ninth place and Davies was left to reflect on a disappointing end to a poor season.
"In patches we played good rugby but overall it wasn't good enough," he told the club's official website.
"We had opportunities to put points on the board but failed to do that and it pretty much summed up the season.
"There was plenty of effort and endeavour but discpline was just horrible.
"I think there were a couple of occasions where I felt we just put pressure back on ourselves. There were times where we could have managed the game better."
Gloucester took charge early on with May's first try swiftly followed by one from Shane Monahan and, after Lamb's first penalty for the Warriors, Sione Kalamafoni forced his way over for the visitors' third try.
Semisi Taulava grabbed the Warriors' first try from a lineout to give the home side renewed hope and May's sinbinning just before the break proved crucial.
Lamb rounded off a slick move to cross under the posts before adding the extras to keep the Warriors in contention going into the second half.
May's second try gave Gloucester the edge again after the break but, after Cook's yellow card, Lamb landed his third penalty to snatch victory and leave the visitors shaking their heads.
"The group have stayed tight in fairness to them," said Davies.
"The players have stuck by it, they've tried hard, but, for lots of different reasons, we are just not where we need to be."
Warriors fly-half Lamb revealed how he ignored barracking from a Gloucester fan to slot the late match-winning penalty.
"One of the Gloucester fans was giving me stick behind me and I just wanted to silence them by knocking it over," he told the club's official website.
"I've been working hard with Paul Grayson on my kicking and striking the ball a lot better over the last couple of weeks. I've just got to carry on doing that next season."
Lamb admitted it had been satisfying to give the Warriors fans something to smile about after a traumatic season in which relegation was confirmed by last week's defeat against Saracens.
"It's great to repay the fans who have been fantastic this season," said Lamb. "We started slowly but we bounced back with a never-say-die attitude.
"To come back and beat Gloucester like we did will stand us in good stead as we look forward to the next campaign."
"It'll be good to have a break and come back refreshed for pre-season."