Friday 14 March 2008
Edgeley Park

 
Hodgson kick-starts Sale
Cherry and Whites earn bonus-point
Sale 22 Gloucester 16

Pricey's Points of View
Well, thankfully that's the end of the silly season of playing Premiership rugby on international weekends. It's only in rugby union that such a farce occurs and it makes a mockery of the competition.
But then again the Rugby Union/ Premier Rugby are not known for common sense. It doesn't seem that long ago when the edict of Primacy of Tenure was written in tablets of stone to ensure that all Premier Rugby games are played on a Saturday afternoon.
Rotherham RFC,I recall were denied entry to the Premiership because they could not comply with regards their tenancy with Rotherham AFC. The only game on Saturday this week end is at Leicester. So much for setting standards.
But back to rugby. Gloucester despite countless absences through international call ups and injuries started well last night. They played good rugby in the first 20 minutes and could have gone in at half time had they kicked their share of the penalties awarded.
The second half saw them go under the cosh but outstanding defence kept them alive until, with one in the sin bin they simply ran out of defenders to prevent Sale scoring a try by Foden.
Lesser teams could and would have capitulated but Gloucester fought to the end and were rightfully awarded a penalty try after Sale had cynically infringed on their try line three times. The try came with time expired on the clock and achieved a deserved bonus point for their endeavours.
Gloucester sorely missed the experience of Mike Tindall to build attacks and structure. In a very poor game, there were too many kicks to nowhere, albeit executed to relieve the mountain of pressure they found themselves in. In the world of "ifs and buts".
Gloucester would have slaughtered Sale had they had first choices available. In the real world we saw spirited team performance with Anthony Allen my stand-out performer.
John Price 15/3/2008

Words from Westy
A very gutsy performance from a young Glaws team who simply would not roll over and die ...
Missing so many players through international call ups and injuries, Glawster were frequently on the back foot against a very experienced Sale Sharks outfit. To concede only one try and gain a bonus point was a great credit to our youngsters.
Yes, our lineout never really functioned properly, and yes, we conceded a bucket load of penalties (many at the lineout for taking the catcher out whilst in the air) but every player in Cherry and White defended as if their life depended upon it. And yes, there was too much pointless and badly executed kicking away of possession.
But the pack kept going to the bitter end, and won a penalty try to secure the bonus point after Sale collapsed the scrum three times when the clock had been wound down.
In Anthony Allen we have a real treasure. He was a threat to Sale throughout the game, making his illustrious opponent, Luke McAllister, look ordinary.
But every one of them was a hero for the way they just kept Sale out. A great performance in adversity - but lots of things to work on!
P.W. 15/3/2008

Gloucester
James Bailey,
Charlie Sharples (Ryan Lamb), Leon Lloyd (Henry Trinder), Anthony Allen, Mark Foster;
Willie Walker, Gareth Cooper ( Mike Prendergast)
Nick Wood (Christian Califano), Andy Titterrell ( Jeremy Paul) Jack Forster,
Dan Tuohy (
Jonathan Pendlebury), Will James,
Peter Buxton (capt), Andy Hazell, Akapusi Qera.rep.( Luke Narraway)

Sin-Bin - Dan Tuohy

Referee -Dave Pearson
Attendance - 9,266


Although we are without an away win in 2008 and have now encountered six successive defeats in away matches, there is credit to be awarded.
Six points from London Irish and Sale with depleted ranks is to be applauded.
With fixtures versus Bath (home) and Wasps (away) still to be played, the outcome of these games will have a distinct bearing on the final league positions.
We have now surpassed our record of 2003 and we have now gained at least one point from our last 29 Premiership games.
Interesting to note we have scored a try in every away match 26 in total with 21 tries at Kingsholm in the Premiership. This was the third Premiership match where we have used all seven replacements this season and the second in which we have been awarded a penalty try.
Dave King 16/33/2008

Try: Penalty. Con: Walker. Penalties: Walker (3)
H.T 6- 9
16-22
Match Reports 2007-08