- pitchside from Stockport -
Patience is a virtue.
Sale must have that posted on their dressing room wall because they were
the epitome of that grace at Edgeley Park on Saturday.
They hardly saw the ball but they used what scraps they received to far
greater effect than Gloucester.
To be fair that was probably Gloucester's best performance of the season
but all too often they rushed to score tries. Rather than regroup, recycle
and start another phase they attempted the quick kill, the grubber kick
in their route for the line.
Yes it's a good tactic but there is a very high risk that you lose possession.
That was a game that should not have been lost, but that's rugby for you.
from the fireside -
couldn't help but think that this was a golden opportunity for an away
win missed and the visitors only had themselves to blame..
Whilst the match was not surrendered, Gloucester did not play badly but
were only able to add a solitary penalty to their half-time tally.
Sale gained more possession in the second half and replied with two tries
as a result of prolonged pressure, whereas in the first period Gloucester
had a decided edge up front both in possession and territory but could
only manage one try.
Gloucester appeared reluctant to back themselves behind the scrum, where
costly wrong options were chosen at key moments and ultimately paid the
James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Anthony Allen, Iain Balshaw
Ryan Lamb rep. Willie Walker, Rory Lawson rep. Peter Richards,
Nick Wood rep. Christian Califano, Mefin Davies, Carlos Nieto,
Marco Bortolami (capt), Alex Brown,
Peter Buxton rep.J.Boer, James Forrester, Andy Hazell
Yellow card. - C. Califano
Referee: - Wayne Barnes
Attendance - 8,856