Result leaves Glaws fans puzzled
By Cherry Picker
February 18 2013

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Gloucester's four-point defeat at Wasps was one of those games that leave suppooryters wondering whether to bemoan the win that got away or to welcome the two bonus points their team picked up.

There’s no doubt the bonuses were welcome, coming just a week after that excellent win at Northampton, but at the back of the mind there is still that niggle that Glaws could have won.

After all, they scored four tries to the home team’s three, but the result hinged on the fact that Glaws were second best in the all-important penalty contest.

Like the fans, Glaws coach Nigel Davies had a difficult choice between looking at the positives and looking at the negatives.

“We controlled large parts of that match but we didn't take our opportunities, mainly in the first half,” he told the BBC.

"We made a number of errors and they took their chances, especially when we messed up a scrum to give Christian Wade the opportunity to score. That was the turning point in the match.

"But I'm positive about today's performance as we are still in the hunt for the top four.”

That is certainly true, of course, but think how much more they would be involved if they’d won.

Wasps led 13-10 at half-time, Dan Robson scoring an early cherry and white try.

But that Wade try followed by another from Billy Vunipola really turned the game for the home team.

Late tries from Ryan Mills and Charlie Sharples earned the four-try point, but weren’t enough to win the game, though Glaws were the better side for more than just half the game. They paid the price for missing four penalties – just two would have done.

The fact that Nicky Robinson helped Wasps with a conversion and a pen didn’t make the result any easier to take.

Davies added: "We've taken six points from two difficult away matches. We have a good opportunity next Friday night against Worcester to kick on but they are a dogged team and don't give up easily."

That is true, of course, and Wuss are probably looking over their shoulders at present as the one-horse relegation race has been turned into a real competition by Sale’s recent resurgence.