RUGBY: Davies to make changes after Gloucester slump to fifth straight Premiership defeat
12:52pm Monday 2nd December 2013 in Sport
GLOUCESTER director of rugby Nigel Davies concedes it may be time for change after they slumped to a fifth straight Aviva Premiership defeat at home to Leicester Tigers, writes Ryan Walters.
Dan Bowden’s first-half try and 17 points from Toby Flood helped the Tigers overhaul a 14-13 deficit at the break to seal a 22-17 victory, although if both Freddie Burns and Rob Cook had been more accurate from the kicking tee it could have been a different story.
In contrast to what it was last season, Kingsholm has been far from a fortress during the current campaign as Gloucester have won just one game in the league at home – a 26-24 victory over Northampton Saints.
And, after having to take another agonising defeat on the chin, Davies has warned he may look to change things up in order to address their current plight near the bottom.
"I was bitterly disappointed to lose like that. You have to have parity in the set scrum and take the points when they become available," said Davies.
"There are a lot of boys in the changing room who are very upset about their performance. We played with plenty of spirit but we are not accurate or clinical enough and things have to change.
“We measure the boys and they are tested in training every week. Freddie (Burns) was the most accurate with Rob (Cook) second but obviously it didn't work out on the night."
The treatment room at Welford Road must be one of the busiest in the Premiership, but Leicester were able to grind out the result with some fantastic work from their forward pack.
And director of rugby Richard Cockerill insists the positive attitude displayed by his players was what pleased him most.
"I thought we played quite well, we came with the intent to play and we tried to probably play a little bit too much," he said.
"We conceded two pretty cheap tries but I suppose the second one was well taken. If we carried that ball just before half-time and recycled we may have scored again.
"I am delighted with the attitude of the players and certainly with so many backs unavailable the attitude to go out there certainly from Ben (Youngs) and from Toby (Flood) to have a crack was great."
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