RUGBY: Monahan hat-trick helps Gloucester edge victory over London Irish
Updated 7:44pm Thursday 8th May 2014 in Sport
DIRECTOR of rugby Nigel Davies admits the extent of Billy Twelvetrees' injury is not yet known after the Gloucester centre took a blow to his ankle in a dramatic 38-30 win against London Irish, writes Paddy von Behr.
Twelvetrees departed the field just nine minutes in after Sione Kalamafoni and Charlie Sharples had got the Cherry & Whites off to an electric start.
Then replacement Shane Monahan and Exiles flier Marland Yarde exchanged a hat-trick of tries in an increasingly wild game.
In the second half Freddie Burns collected three penalties as Gloucester edged the victory, but Davies refused to get carried away with the result after a disappointing Aviva Premiership season.
And Davies said Twelvetrees' injury situation will become clearer in the next two days, with an England tour to New Zealand in June possibly hanging in the balance.
"It's an ankle problem but with all of these things it's very difficult to give a formal assessment," said Davies.
"We will monitor the situation over the next 48 hours and in that period we will have a scan to determine the amount of damage.
"It's not great for him but until we have a clearer picture we can't say how serious it is.
"We all know how committed Billy is as a player and for him to come off , especially in this game with a lot of emotion going on, says a lot.
"The win gives us a little bit of confidence and belief going into the last game of the season against Worcester, but there's a lot of work to do heading into next season as well.
"Yarde is an excellent rugby player, if you give him time, space, and opportunity he's going to hurt you.
"That's what we did, a lot of their tries came from turnover when we had the ball. The inaccuracy in that area still frustrates. We've just got to be smarter than that.
"If there's any good to come out of this season is that it's identified a lot of issues, not only the players' current ability, but even deeper than that.
"There's a lot we can put right in the next pre-season. We will be a different team next year."
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