Coach Davies happy after first Gloucester victory of season
9:21pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
NIGEL DAVIES admitted his relief as Gloucester Rugby finally kick-started their Aviva Premiership assault with a thrilling win over Northampton Saints, writes Mark Butler.
Heading into the clash at Kingsholm, the Cherry & Whites were looking to avoid their worst-ever start to an Aviva Premiership campaign following losses to Sale Sharks and Saracens.
At half-time, the poor run looked set to continue after Ben Foden's try and the boot of Stephen Myler had put the visitors 10-8 ahead, Charlie Sharples scoring in reply for the home side.
Gloucester did burst into life in the second half, as Billy Twelvetrees went over just moments after the restart and Elliott Stooke marked his first Aviva Premiership start with a try, but the Saints still looked like winning a third straight game as they led by a point with a minute left thanks to tries from Samu Manoe and Jamie Elliott.
However, there was still one more late twist to come and after Saints infringed at a scrum, Twelvetrees - with Freddie Burns having earlier been replaced - held his nerve to knock over the penalty for the 26-24 win.
It might have looked like a smash-and-grab victory but Gloucester director of rugby Davies felt his side fully deserved their win, and he hopes they can now look forward rather than over their shoulder.
"Sometimes you get the rub of the green, sometimes you don't," said Davies. "More importantly, from my perspective, I felt that overall we deserved to win with the performance we put in.
"What is important is that we got the win. It was a very dramatic ending to a fabulous match. Sport is about momentum, and we didn't really have any before this game.
"We were hugely disappointed with our performance against Sale, and against Saracens it was very difficult to judge us because we were playing with 14 men, but today was a huge stride forward."
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