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Injury-hit: George Skivington said his young players will have learnt plenty

Injury-hit: George Skivington said his young players will have learnt plenty

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Injury-hit: George Skivington said his young players will have learnt plenty

Gloucester head coach George Skivington defended his young players and said they will have learnt plenty from their 55-10 Heineken Champions Cup hammering at the hands of Lyon.

The Cherry and Whites had nine players out injured and other key figures were absent for the trip to France. It left an inexperienced side to take to the field and the result was a record defeat.

It was the most points a Gloucester team has conceded in the top tier of European rugby as Lyon wing Xavier Mignot crossed for a hat-trick. In total there were eight French tries.

"We've got back-to-back games for 20-odd weeks now. We can roll the same boys out week after week, but eventually it'll catch us out," said Skivington.

"We got the injuries and so thought best to put the young guys out. I thought some of them showed real quality and some showed they had a long way to go.

"We will get a lot of people back in next week for Ulster. There will be a lot over the injuries they had and some of the internationals will come back."

Lyon were far too good for Gloucester with outstanding wing Mignot a standout figure. Noa Nakaitaci, Izack Rodda, Mathieu Bastareaud, Charlie Ngatai and Dylan Cretin also crossed.

Gloucester's only try came from Seb Nagle-Taylor and George Barton improved the effort.

"It's a tough result to swallow, but those young lads will learn from this," Skivington added.

"They'll have learned a lot about top-flight rugby and European rugby, in particular that you've got to stay in the game the whole time.

"In European competition and especially in France, turnover ball is not the time to relax. The French will hurt you."

Looking ahead to next Saturday's Champions Cup clash at home to Ulster, Skivington added: "Ulster are another top team who had a great season last year. They lost to Toulouse so they'll be hurting from that and I think it will be another tough challenge."

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