Home team Away Team

Biarritz

  • Peyrelongue, Harinordoquy, Yachvili,
    Penalty goals: Yachvili,
    Conversions: Yachvili (3),
24 - 10

Gloucester

  • Simpson-Daniel,
    Penalty goals: Barkley,
    Conversions: Barkley,

Ryan reveals ref fury

Anger over red card call as Gloucester lose European hopes

Last updated: 24th January 2009   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Ryan reveals ref fury

Ryan: Frustration

Related links

Teams

Players

Also see

Gloucester coach Dean Ryan has blasted the referee after seeing his side crash out of the Heineken Cup in Biarritz.

The Cherry and Whites lost 24-10 after trailing by 17 points in as many minutes, ending their European campaign for another season.

But Ryan was left fuming at referee Nigel Owens, who punished a first-half trip on Iain Balshaw by Damien Traille with only a yellow card.

"I don't want it to be the headline but when you are playing in a game like this with small margins, a deliberate trip is a red card," said Ryan.

"I didn't see it as anything else."

Kicking game

But whatever the referee's perceived failings, there is nowhere to hide for the fact that big improvement is needed for Gloucester.

"But we have to accept we're out of Europe. The last three weeks we have played in horrendous weather conditions and we ran the ball more than we should have," added Ryan.

"But we have to play better than that in those conditions. We've got to work on our kicking game and we always pride ourselves on moving the ball around.

"But that has come crashing down around us in the last few weeks."

Battling

The lion's share of the damage was done in the first quarter of the match, but a battling second-half performance led by James Simpson-Daniel inspired something of a fight back - not that it could halt their slide out of the competition.

Ryan said: "It wasn't the easiest start for us and we were always up against it ever since we didn't perform at the Millennium Stadium against Cardiff Blues.

"To concede 17 points over 80 minutes would not have been a problem but to do so early on made it extremely difficult.

"But I'm proud we did not take a hammering and the players work-rate was excellent. We were missing players with physicality.

"Being in the Heineken Cup is about having a full squad and the here and now."

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet
Forthcoming European Rugby Champions Cup Fixtures
TimeFixture
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday 17th October
European Rugby Champions Cup
19:45Harlequins vs Castres
Saturday 18th October
13:00Sale vs Munster
15:15Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne
19:45Leicester vs Ulster
15:15Glasgow vs Bath
17:15Racing Metro 92 vs Northampton
Sunday 19th October
17:15Leinster vs Wasps
15:15Toulon vs Scarlets
13:00Toulouse vs Montpellier
13:00Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso
Friday 24th October
19:45Munster vs Saracens
Saturday 25th October
13:00Ulster vs Toulon
19:45Scarlets vs Leicester
15:15Bath vs Toulouse
17:15Montpellier vs Glasgow
17:15Northampton vs Ospreys
Sunday 26th October
13:00Clermont Auvergne vs Sale
15:00Castres vs Leinster
17:15Wasps vs Harlequins
17:15Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92
Saturday 6th December
TBCMunster vs Clermont Auvergne
TBCSale vs Saracens
TBCCastres vs Wasps
TBCHarlequins vs Leinster
TBCUlster vs Scarlets

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com