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David Humphreys bemused by Gloucester's defeat

Gloucester's director of rugby David Humphreys was at loss to explain his side's poor performance at Worcester as a 28-20 defeat saw them lose ground in their quest for a European Cup spot for next season.

Humphreys saw his side deservedly beaten as Kiwi wing, Bryce Heem, scored two tries for Worcester.

Hooker Niall Annett added a third with Tom Heathcote kicking three penalties and two conversions. Gloucester's best player, James Hook, scored 15 of his side's points with a try, two penalties and two conversions.

He also created Gloucester's other try scored by Bill Meakes.

Last week Gloucester had one of the best victories of the season by beating high-flying Wasps but they could not repeat that performance and Humphreys said: "We are bitterly disappointed, we weren't at the same level as last week.

"We conceded early, which gave Worcester and their crowd momentum and it just wasn't good enough.

"I can't believe the difference between this week and last. Even if you are a little bit off your game, you won't win at this level as there's so much at stake.

"There was a lack of physical edge and we were under pressure at the set scrum, which was unusual as we have been good there all season."

Worcester boss Dean Ryan picked up on his side's scrum dominance.

"Full credit to our front row, they made a very serious mark against some powerful opponents," he said.

"They won the game for us and when you see their prop, John Afoa, dragged off the field, you know how much damage they've done.

"We now look a decent side as we have been getting better all season. The young group of players have never shied away from the challenge but we are getting more consistent.

"There has always been the pressure of relegation but we have had opportunities to get rid of that pressure but we haven't been clinical enough for whilst our performances have been good, our results haven't."

Humphreys did pay tribute to his prop, Nick Wood, who made his 200th Premiership appearance for the club.

"Nowadays you don't normally stay with a club that long so it's a huge honour for a front row player to make 274 appearances for one club," he said.

"It's just disappointing that we didn't make it a day to remember for him."


From Belfast Telegraph