Despite his side coming away from Kingsholm with a winning bonus point, Dai Young was quick to highlight the errors his side made in a game that, for vast majorities, looked as though it could go either way.
“I thought we had a bit of lady luck go our way today but, in saying that, we hadn’t had much luck so far this season so we were probably owed a little bit. I thought that, for 35 minutes of the game, we were awful to be honest; we did as much as we could to lose the game. “
“I thought that we were poor for the last part of the first half, but went in with a lead, and then talked about being accurate for the first 20 minutes of the second half but we lost lineouts, which is very uncharacteristic of us this season, kicked out on the full, lost the ball at first or second phase and we just compounded error after error. Gloucester had opportunity after opportunity inside our half and, as I said, I think we were very lucky that they didn’t take more of those. I’m just pleased to come away with that win.”
Having had to settle with losing bonus points from their previous away trips in this year’s Aviva Premiership, Young was clearly pleased that his side had recorded their first win on the road.
“We haven’t had too many games at home in the early part of the season. Every one we have had away we have come away with a losing bonus point. To be realistic Sale and Quins were the two games that we probably should have won but got away from us. “
“The Amlin Challenge Cup probably came at just the right time for us. We went out to Italy and got ourselves a bit of confidence and then backed it up at home against Bayonne. We talked before the European games how important the next four games would be to give us a big boost to then kick on.”
After nabbing two tries, one of which showcased his outstanding footwork and pace in dramatic fashion, Young singled Christian Wade out for individual praise.
“You have to say that the first try was a good finish but the second was something real special, and it wasn’t props he was going around it was top quality wingers. No other winger would have probably scored that try so we probably owe him that result a bit. He was very disappointed to not be involved with England this weekend but he understands the quality of the other wingers in that squad and he was given some work ons by the England coaches and he came back really determined to do as well as he could. We all know that he is an international player and I think we will probably be without him next week after that performance.”