Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Redpath hard to please despite win

Bryan Redpath

Gloucester may have waltzed into the LV= Cup final for a third successive time after scoring seven tries against Newport Gwent Dragons, but head coach Bryan Redpath was less than impressed.

Wing Charlie Sharples grabbed four second-half tries, while flanker Andy Hazell, centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu and fly-half Nicky Robinson also scored, with Robinson adding five conversions.

But despite the 45-17 victory, Redpath said: "I'm disappointed by that in the first half. We played in our own half off scrappy possession and then had to kick and chase because nobody knew where they were. We never really controlled the game in the first half, although in the second half we were good."

He added: "Take away the interception try (Robinson's) and the two opportunities they had and it could have been 12-12 or 17-12 at half-time.

"We thought we could score from wherever, which we couldn't. We have been really strong for the last 10 weeks, protecting ourselves at the right times and putting pressure on the opposition rather than ourselves.

"We had a couple of individuals who jumped off script, which is fine when you are going forward and in the right areas of the pitch, but not necessarily in the wrong areas.

"No matter who you are playing against, you can't ever do that."

Redpath conceded that his side will go into next week's final against Newcastle as favourites, but insists they cannot afford to take the game lightly and become losing finalists for a third time.

"It will be a massive challenge but we have to stick to the key things and what we know," he added.

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