Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Redpath plays down win after crash

Bryan Redpath

Gloucester head coach Brian Redpath played down the significance of his side's 24-19 win at Exeter in the wake of the fatal M5 crash in the region last night.

Gloucester secured their first victory away from Kingsholm in any competition since February 26 as they outscored their hosts by three tries to two. But Redpath was in no mood to celebrate his team's victory following Friday night's devastating motorway pile-up near Taunton, said to be among the worst UK collisions in memory.

"For me it is a very humbling experience when you have to travel and see what happened 40 minutes up the road on the M5," Redpath said. "We are in a privilege position playing sport and sometimes you get bogged down about records - winning away from home or losing home records - they are really irrelevant."

He added: "It is about putting your heart and soul in to your team, your game and trying to live your life in the right way.

"Some people sitting out there have a lot more to worry about than us winning or losing."

Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter said he was disappointed with the defeat, especially at home, but he was thankful that they came away with the losing bonus point.

"To come away in the end (with a losing bonus point) was mightily pleasing and at least we got something for our endeavours," he said.

"The way that the last five of the game was going, when it looked increasingly like that game was slipping away, it was good to take the opportunity of that losing bonus point.

"Physically, again, we committed a lot to the game but the reality is that there were 23 or 24 turnovers.

"That is a real tough lesson for us. We paid the price for some sloppy stuff and came away with just the one point. We missed some regulation tackles and not really made them work for their tries. They soaked us up defensively and they managed to control the game.

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