Callum Braley, the No. 9 for Gloucester Rugby, has come out to hail his team and colleagues as well for their impressive performance in their 17-17 draw with Bath Rugby.
James Hook had sent home a last-gasp conversion thus keeping alive his side’s hope of progressing in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
For Bath, a late score by Aled Brew, and four penalties coming from the boot of Wales international Rhys Priestland had almost sealed the victory for them as they led by 17-10 a few minutes into the end of the game.
However, within the remaining minutes into the end of the game, Ben Vellacott found his way and went on to score for Gloucester, as Hook held his nerve down, thus sealing a draw for his team.
Even though he was quite disappointed that the team was unable to take home all points from the game at the Recreation Ground, Braley was full of applause for his colleagues for their late fight back which saw them share in the spoils of the game.
“Bath put us under a lot of pressure in the second half and we were really up against it but the boys dug very deep indeed. We managed to get a couple of points out of the game eventually which is always better than losing and so that’s positive,” he said.
Braley also noted that Bath had shown strength and an impressive performance as well in the second half, and should be given credit for that.
“It was scrappy out there and at half time we spoke about sticking to our systems and keep doing what we had been. We wanted more field position but we didn’t quite manage that and so you have to give credit to Bath for their performance in the second half,” he added.
The Gloucester team might not have been able to get a qualifying position for the Champions Cup this year but the club has been scouting around in the transfer market. It has not remained idle and news is rife that Andrew Symons would be joining this team as opposed to joining London Irish that was slated to happen.
There had been rumors that Andrew would be joining the London Irish team. As it often happens, rumors are ripe in the market till a transfer finally takes place. That is when the final truth comes out. In this case Gloucester has been able to bag the talents of Andrew Symons for the upcoming season while London Irish has to scout around for another talent now. When the previous season was drawing to a close it was rumored that Andrew would be joining London Irish from Worcester.
Andrew is brother to Exiles captain, Matt Symons. As the team has relegated Symons has revealed his final decision to stay with the Aviva Premiership teams, moving to Kingsholm to be part of Gloucester rugby club. Worcester seems to be set to lose two key players this season. Sean Maitland would also be joining Saracens this season who is an international winger.
Gloucester’s CEO and director of rugby might have had a hand in convincing Andrew to join them. The team, having lost their position among the top teams to qualify for the Champions Cup, needs to spruce up their skills and talents. It is feels that bringing in new payers will infuse new blood into the team.
This might help in stepping up the skills that the club has and it is vital that they are able to win more tournaments and matches this year. On the other hand, being a large club with a large fan base and stadium definitely helps to get more players into the team
This year Gloucester rugby club will remain aggressive in collecting fine players from the market and sprucing up their skills for the season coming up. The CEO of the team is confident of their competitive rates in attracting potential fine players in the market.
The transfer market being open, Gloucester will remain competitive in it even though they have not been able to retain a top position in Europe this year. Stephen Vaughan is confident of signing up some key players for the squad. He is working on the same with the director of rugby for the team, David Humphreys.
The club players are feeling the disappointment for having missed out a chance to play in the Champions Cup this year as well. However they have the financial strength and a history of good performances which the CEO feels would be adequate to attract key players from the market. As they finished eighth in the Premiership they have lost out on considerable money that comes in for the qualifying teams as ad and expenses to cover for participating in the tournament.
However the CEO is optimistic that they will be able to attract big players as the club remains an attractive brand in the world of European rugby. It is known to be a big club that offers a large playing stadium and support of a large fan base. he feels that the club is privileged to have several players like Tom Marshall, Charlie Sharples and Johnny May who continue to play for the club and will remain with the club for the next season.
The CEO is confident that adding one or two more new players to the team will help to ensure that the squad is spruced up for the upcoming tournaments this year. With the right mix of talent and motivation it is believed that the team will be able to gain back its position among the top teams in the continent this year.
Justin Tipuric was taken out from the arena during Wales’ Six Nations win against Italy after falling during a line-out. The extent of the rigorousness of the head injury Justin Tipuric got when he fell out of a line-out during Wales’ Six Nations win against Italy has become clear.
After that mishap, he was taken to a hospital. The incident took place on 19th March. And, a week later, he was still not able to watch TV for any length of time as it was triggering a headache. However, the 26 year old player, who landed on his head, did not damage his sight.
Gruff Rees, the Ospreys backs coach, said that Justin has been resting up and had no part in the work that they have been doing. He was in the office previous Friday and he had a tough old week of it in terms of being inactive at home and really not being comfortable in getting out and about. They are not putting any pressure on him to do anything but sit on the sofa.
He further added that as he has been shown with other people earlier with these things, you have to be wary, sit back and look at the long-term betterment of these players. Therefore, they are not offering any thought into when the next game for Justin would be. Probably, they would just sit tight and see the season out and get to the summer. It was a really hefty blow. He went to hospital for the evening and there was nothing in terms of active recovery for a fair while.
Tom Coventry, the London Irish chief coach, suggests that the club is not at all falling apart as they confront three matches to avoid relegation from Premiership. Irish endured a 30-15 loss against Sale later on Saturday to leave them still 4 points afloat at the bottom.
The Exiles confront fellow strugglers Newcastle away later in a match which might decide who goes down. Speaking to BBC Sport, Coventry said that things are not just going right for them at this point of time and they require everything to do that.
Questioned how he would prompt his players for the rest of the season, Coventry told that he knew that they have not been winning matches and people believe that the whole place is really poison and everything is falling apart, this is just not like that. To be very honest, they are a pretty good bunch to be involved with.
They are only working hard as a team that is probably struggling for confidence and form.
Two late attempts from Sale, who won at Madejski Stadium for the very first time since 2006’s October, took the match away from Ireland after they had battled back to 16-15, and refused them a losing bonus point.
Newcastle’s loss at Harlequins suggested that the gap between the two teams stays at 4 points ahead of their meeting at the Kingston Park on April 17.
Nigel Davies, the Director of Rugby at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Gloucester Rugby has added the experience of Aled Thomas for his half back options next season after he clinched the signing of the Scarlets star ahead of the new season.
Thomas, still only 29 years old, is a former Rugby Sevens World Cup winner and he also scored the winning try against the Argentine team in the final back in 2009 and is currently playing in his second stint with the Welsh region.
He joined Scarlets first back in 2004 before moving on to clubs like the Carmarthen Quins, the London Welsh as well as the Newport Gwent Dragons. He returned to former club ahead of the 2011/12 season and since then, he has established himself as a mainstay in the team’s starting lineup, making 60 appearances overall and scoring a whopping 247 points as well.
The player is well known to Davies and he believes his signing will be a welcome addition to the Gloucester Rugby squad.
He stated that he has known Thomas for quite a long time, adding that he is one of the most talented players around in the Welsh game, before going on to mention that he has a tactical kicking game and can bring the best out of the players around him and has one of the highest goal kick conversion rates as well.
Davies also mentioned that he has a lot of experience playing for the Scarlets, both in the Pro 12 as well as in the Heineken Cup and he can be a reliable player for the team and can deliver whenever called upon.
And in spite of clinching his sixth signing for the new season, the Gloucester Rugby boss has mentioned that they are not done yet.