From best to worst
- Sunday, 23 October 2016
After producing their best display of the season a fortnight ago, the 1st XV's seventh successive defeat was their worst performance so far when they lost 40-0 at Chobham yesterday with Head Coach Barry Bridgman saying "I don't think I've seen us play so badly this season" writes Brian Seeney.
Gos trailed by only 12-0 at the interval against the side fifth in the table, after conceding two tries in the seventh and 15th minutes, the first of which was converted.
But any hopes of a Gos revival were ended four minutes after the break when Cobham scored the first of their four second half converted tries.
Gos kept the home side out for 25 minutes even with flanker Anthony Reynolds in the sin bin, but in the final 14 minutes Cobham ran in 21 points.
"If we had played anywhere near that badly against some of the sides we've played already (this season) we would have been losing in the above 100s," said Bridgman.
"I thought Cobham were eminently beatable but having said that they did what they did well. They were well drilled and their backs' moves were straight off the training paddock - simple and effective.
"Our first up tackling was lacking and our vision and perception of where they were and what they were going to do was poor.
Well stopped - Simon Trivett tackling yesterday with Kieran Darrington looking on. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery shortly.
"I think we butchered three really good clear chances in the game and had we taken the first one of those, when it was 19-0 we would have been right back in the mix and that would have put a different complexion on it. It would have raised our tails a bit and made them think a little bit.
"And I know I shouldn't complain about referees but as the assessor thought he was poor as well, I think I can say that some of his decisions really affected what happened in the game.
"The penalty count particularly against their tight head prop should have been enormous and it wasn't because we had him standing up in every scrum and he should have been penalised every time and that was shocking. It would have lessened the impact of the defeat.
"Our decision-making was really poor in places.
"In terms of a collective, a team effort, we went backwards today although there were one or two good cameos when Simon Trivett came on quite late on and made a couple of quite crucial tackles and Tim (Snowden) beavered away admirably at turnover time. But again I thought we were restricted what happened there being unfairly penalised by the referee.
"Our lineout didn't function which has been one of our strengths, we came second best in scrums and if you can't win your own scrummage ball and lineout ball and get at least parity 50-50 then you are always on the wrong end.
"I don't think the score flattered them because they were fairly ruthless in the last 14 minutes or so but I think they butchered some chances too, which they will be disappointed about.
"We trained well in the week, our preparation (today) was good and our warm-up was good and when we went out on the pitch everything seemed to be fine, but it all went to pieces."