Nigel Davies, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Gloucester Rugby has blamed his side’s ill discipline for the humiliating 27-19 defeat they suffered at the hands of London giants Harlequins FC this weekend at Twickenham Stoop in a match where they had as many as three players shown the yellow card and sin-binned.
And Gloucester boss Davies believes that the players in his team must keep their anger in check when playing the important matches because in many of these matches, there will be times when the going will get tough and only those with composure will be able to come through in the end.
Davies’ side lost Martyn Thomas, Tom Savage and Jimmy Cowan to the sin bin after seeing yellow cards during the match and it was the absence of Cowan that cost Gloucester Rugby as Harlequins FC 14 points while he was off the pitch, effectively clinching the tie. They even had a try disallowed after Williams had scored which denied them a bonus point and saved Gloucester from further humiliation.
And according to Davies, his team was in the contest for the first twenty to twenty five minutes but the yellow card to Cowan proved to be a huge difference as it saw a huge shift in momentum, which cost them the match in the end.
He went on to add that he doesn’t have any complaints about the first two yellow cards but the one showed to Martyn Thomas was almost farcical and he just couldn’t see how he could be booked for that.
The Gloucester Rugby boss also hinted that there might be repercussions for the players for their lack of discipline and added that he will sit down and have a talk with the players about it.