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Worcester boss rues missed chance

Published 31/10/2015

Worcester coach Dean Ryan saw his team narrowly beaten
Worcester coach Dean Ryan saw his team narrowly beaten

Worcester boss Dean Ryan believes his side missed a winning opportunity after they fell to a 24-22 defeat against Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Ryan saw his side break out of defence in the final minutes to threaten Gloucester but they could not capitalise.

"I'm disappointed not to sneak it at the end. We could have won as there were a lot of offsides in that final surge," Ryan said.

"I'm now dealing with a dressing room that believes we can win every game.

"I'm not saying we should have won the game but we looked more dangerous than them but we couldn't get enough field position."

Cooper Vuna, who crossed twice, and Niall Annett scored the tries for Worcester, with Tom Heathcote converting two and Ryan Mills adding a penalty.

Richard Hibbard, Sione Kalamafoni and David Halaifonua scored tries for Gloucester with Billy Twelvetrees kicking three penalties.

An out-of-sorts Twelvetrees was replaced after 50 minutes by young Billy Burns, who galvanised Gloucester in the final quarter.

Gloucester boss David Humphreys said: " Billy was very good, he gave us some energy and his half-break set up the try for Halaifonua.

"It was always a plan to bring Burns on and to give him some game time. It was not pre-planned to take off Billy Twelvetrees but it was the right call at that time."

With 10 minutes to go, Gloucester seemed to have secured victory when a pass from Billy Meakes sent Jonny May over in the corner but the referee controversially ruled no try, indicating that it was a forward pass.

Humphreys said: "I'm all for not going to the TMO on too many occasions but the referee did make a mistake and made the wrong call.

"It cost us a bonus point and the try would have sealed the match at that stage.

"However for large parts of the match, we were in control but couldn't turn our pressure into points. Huge credit for Worcester for they were hard to beat."

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