Sixth but the best
- Sunday, 09 October 2016
The 1st XV lost for the sixth time but produced their best performance of the season eventually going down 19-50 at home to top-three-side CS Rugby 1863 with the highlight a "marvellous try" from stand in fly half Rory Penfold writes Brian Seeney.
It sent Gos fans home with something to think about after Penfold ran from inside his own 22 and shrugged off the attentions of several CS players to score under the posts.
Last week at Chiswick, Penfold's try was the highlight of the afternoon after he scored with help from skipper Wes Dugan, Alex Heron and Kieran McRoberts.
This week Penfold needed no help and his try delighted Head Coach Barry Bridgman.
"I thought Rory played very well. His try was absolutely outstanding - a great individual try that was better than his one last week. It was a marvellous try.
"Rory looks like he can play anywhere in the backline after today and that's a bonus."
Gos got off to their best start of the season when flanker Anthony Reynolds scored the game's first try in the 11th minute which full back Nick Gallimore converted.
But within five minutes CS walked through five "tackles" for their first converted try and tries in the 19th minute and then a converted score on 23 minutes took it to 7-19.
Flanker Tim Snowden had set up the Reynolds try and he did the same for skipper Wes Dugan on 29 minutes for 12-19.
But two converted tries in as many minutes - one gifted - meant CS led 12-33 at the break.
They soon stretched that margin with another gifted try and by the 73rd minute it was 12-50.
Then in the 80th minute came Penfold's glorious score. Try as they might, Gos couldn't pick up their first point of the season as they pressed hard for their fourth try bonus score in the closing minutes of time added on.
Wes Dugan scores the second Gos try against CS Rugby 1863. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery.
"It was significantly better in places and if we could only stitch together the good bits into a longer period of play we would get somewhere with it," said Bridgman.
"We had spells of good tackling, good running, good scrummaging and lineout and good tries and our turnover ball was good.
"But this was interspersed with people running through four, five and six tackles which was just rubbish.
"As individuals sometimes we are really good and at other times we don't stand up to the test and that's exactly why we are where we are (in the league).
"We need to put it together into a cohesive period of play.
"I thought we might have sneaked a bonus point in the end. But fair play to CS they defended pretty well and maybe the pressure on our players at the end was a little bit too much and in the end we made a mistake.
"I think it was our best performance of this season because they are third in the league and I guess they were expecting to put 80 or 90 points on us because they had seen what we've shipped against some of the other sides in the top five (Totts and Havant particularly).
"Yes it was better and we frustrated them a lot of the time and they did butcher a few opportunities.
"We stuck to the task again and showed a tremendous amount of spirit, doggedness and determination and never-say-die attitude which is great because, as I've said before, you can't coach that.
"You have to remember we had five wings playing in the backline. At times the team did us proud but at other times we looked all at sea and totally lost.
"If we hadn't of given away those soft tries the score would have been closer. You can excuse good scores and they did score a couple of really good tries.
"But when people are dropping off tackles and they are running through five or six tackles then that's not excusable - that's poor play.
"Overall it was better again and we are building still to what we will be able to do eventually. It's a work in progress which it's always going to be."