By Cherry Picker
November 20 2011
Just in case Gloucester needed a reminder that the Heineken Cup is an entirely different competition to the LV= Cup they won last season, they got it at Kingsholm when Harlquins easily kept their unbeaten record with a 28-9 victory.
The second HC defeat in two games for Glaws means qualification for the knock-out stage now looked extremely unlikely.
The simple truth is that Quins were in a class of their own, taking the game by the scruff of the neck early on then slipping into cruise control as they barred the way to any ideas Glaws might have had of a comeback.
In response to three Quins tries, all Glaws got were three Freddie Burns penalties, and that about summed up the game.
Bryan Redpath admitted to the BBC: "We were second best on many things. Opportunities were created and not taken and some of our basic contact area and control of possession was poor for some reason.
"The nature of the game was big and we never underestimated Quins because we knew they were a dogged side and they've got some quality players around the team that can protect them.
"But when we create chances like we did and we don't take any then you're not going to win against a top side.
"There's no reason to blame any one individual but collectively we made too many mistakes. The disappointing part is that we lost a game at home when we've never really given ourselves a chance to win."
Quins did have to on top of their game defensively, but first half tries by Mike Brown and Matt Hopper looked enough anyway before Nick Easter got a third in the second half.
With Toulouse and Quins on eight points each and Glaws on a mere one, Pool Six looks a lost cause for the cherry and whites already.
Never mind, it’s back to the Premiership next week, when Leicester Tigers come calling at Kingsholm.