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Injury headache for Ryan

Gloucester win takes its toll on key players

By Simon Dilger   Last updated: 8th December 2007   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Injury headache for Ryan

Ryan: headache

I thought we did really well just to guts out that last 10-15 minutes with people playing out of position and not quite sure what was going on. It's an enormous win.

Dean Ryan
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Injuries to some of his key players have given Gloucester coach Dean Ryan a major headache ahead of his side's return Heineken Cup clash against Bourgoin.

Despite winning 31-7 Gloucester endured a 12 minute period that saw England pair Olly Morgan and Mike Tindall and Scotland utility back Chris Paterson all forced out of the game.

All three now look set to miss the return match at Kingsholm next weekend.

Ryan said: "Olly's shoulder is pretty serious, Chris' ribs looked pretty sore and Tins took a bad bang on his shin - in that order. We'll see tomorrow.

"Without a doubt, today and next week is going to test our resources. There were some significant injuries out there."

Pressure

A makeshift Gloucester back line subsequently found themselves under some intense pressure during the second half at the Stade Pierre Rajon.

But first half scores from Anthony Allen and James Simpson-Daniel, together with a Ryan Lamb second half interception try kept the game out of the home side's reach.

And, despite the depleted visitors leaking one try, replacement hooker Andy Titterrell wrapped up the bonus point in the final minute.

"I thought we were outstanding for 50 minutes," said the head coach. "We did everything we talked about, took our opportunities and controlled the game.

"Four injuries down and suddenly that momentum goes.

"Momentum swings really quickly in France and I thought we did really well just to guts out that last 10-15 minutes with people playing out of position and not quite sure what was going on.

"It's an enormous win. It's the toughest game we had in the pool.

"They were a fired up Bourgoin and I thought our first 20 minutes and then our first 10 minutes after half-time were outstanding and that gave us full control of the game."

Although Gloucester lead their group with 14 points from a possible 15, Ryan expects the Guinness Premiership leaders to face a stern test at home next week.

He added: "Heineken Cup pool games can swing really quickly. We've got to look at next week.

"We'll face a stirred up Bourgoin next week and we'll have some injuries to key personnel in the squad and we've got to get the game out of the way.

"I've not been involved in a Heineken Cup campaign that has not gone down to the last game and we're just looking at the next game."

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