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- Aviva Premiership
- 29th Dec 2013
- KO 14:00
- Ground: Madejski Stadium
- Att: 8,306
Aviva Premiership: Nigel Davies reflects on a tense Gloucester win
We made hard work of it, especially at the start and at the end - but once again we controlled large parts of the match and this time we came away with the win.
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Gloucester boss Nigel Davies admitted life with his team is "pretty stressful with this lot at present" as they just held off a late London Irish rally to win 22-19.
Davies said: "We made hard work of it, especially at the start and at the end - but once again we controlled large parts of the match and this time we came away with the win.
"We played the game in the right areas, producing a good kicking game. This time we took the points on offer, for when sides are under pressure they give points away."
Billy Twelvetrees kicked 14 of Gloucester's points and controlled matters from his fly-half slot, impressing Davies.
He said: "Billy has nearly all the attributes to make a top number 10. He's very solid, pivotal and defensively sound but he wants to play at 12 and fill in at 10."
London Irish trailed 16-7 at half-time and played disappointingly for much of the game before the late rally which ran Gloucester close.
Irish boss Brian Smith said: "We scored three tries to one which was a definite positive.
"It was disappointing but I'm very proud of our effort in the second half as bringing on fresh legs produced an excellent response and provided a great show.
"We had an outstanding start and skipped ahead but they chipped away at our lead and we coughed up too much ball in the second quarter to give away some cheap penalties."
Shane Geraghty missed a late chance to secure a draw for the Irish with his long distance penalty attempt falling well short.
James O'Connor may have been a better bet but Smith explained: "O'Connor does kick goals but your first option is to go to your number 10.
"Shane was very confident he could kick it and all three boys including Ian Humphreys have been striking the ball very well all week.
"It would have been a pretty good result if we could have got a draw in the end as it's disappointing to have only one point when we score three tries to one."
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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