Gloucester Rugby’s David Humphreys was adamant the Cherry & White’s performance in their seven-try win over Worcester Warriors had been coming.
Humphreys’ side had lost their last two Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures by a combined five points, going down by one to Northampton Saints on New Year’s Day, and four to Harlequins in Round 11.
But with Matt Scott running in a try double and Jonny May, Jacob Rowan, John Afoa, Charlie Sharples and Josh Hohneck all touching down once, Gloucester got back to winning ways in emphatic style.
Gloucester are now eighth in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, two points behind Harlequins, and Humphreys hopes their form can continue.
“It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve had a smile on our face,” said the director of rugby.
— Ben Vellacott (@BenjiVellacott9) January 7, 2017
“We’ve earned that, it was a really good performance, but we’ve known that there’s been a good performance in this team in the last few weeks.
“We’ve obviously been really disappointed with the last two narrow losses in the Premiership, but I thought today that all aspects of our game were good.
“Our set piece was good, our kicking was good and our balance of when to kick and when to run was good. Today we showed how we can play.
“At this moment in time, it feels like our best performance of the season. Beating Wasps at home was an outstanding performance, but today was a case of, in order to score that many points, we took our opportunities.”
🎥 “There’s no time for licking wounds. We have to put it right.”
Phil Dowson gives an honest reflection on today’s defeat… pic.twitter.com/4bHdcABizt
— Worcester Warriors🏉 (@WorcsWarriors) January 7, 2017
Despite scoring three tries in the game – through Cooper Vuna, Tevita Cavubati and Alafoti Fa’osiliva – Warriors were left licking their wounds as Bristol Rugby gained ground on them in the table, cutting their lead to just one point.
And head coach Carl Hogg admitted his side’s performance was simply not good enough.
“There’s been some serious words today. To ship 50-odd points is unacceptable,” he said.
“We are hugely disappointed. We came here off the back of a good win last weekend, but we were 17-0 down early on and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. When you are playing catch-up rugby, it blows out to the score it was.
“We made too many personal errors, and if you keep making mistakes then you put yourself under pressure.
“Conceding seven tries is far too many. It was a combination of things. Our errors in the first half allowed them to get a jump-start, and we were never able to recover.”
Lots of good moments today! 7 tries, and lots of exciting rugby. Which bit stood out for you?
— Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) January 7, 2017
Gloucester Rugby: Marshall (Halaifonua 68), Sharples, Scott, Twelvetrees, May, Burns (Symons 57), Laidlaw (Vellacott 39), Hohneck (McAllister 50), Hibbard (Matu’u 54), Ma’afu (Afoa 34), Savage, Thrush (Latta 62), Moriarty, Rowan, Morgan (Ludlow 59).
Worcester Warriors: Shillcock, Hammond, Oliver, Willison, Vuna (Baldwin 60), Mills, Dowsett (Howard 60), Rapava Ruskin (Leleimalefaga 50), Singleton, Schonert (Ali 65), O’Callaghan (Cavubati 58), Barry, Fa’osiliva, Lewis, Dawson (Spencer 60).
Tries: May, Scott (2), Rowan, Afoa, Sharples, Hohneck
Cons: Laidlaw (3), Twelvetrees (4)
Pens: Laidlaw, Burns
Tries: Vuna, Cavubati, Fa’osiliva
Cons: Mills (2)
Referee: Wayne Barnes