Huffing and puffing to another defeat
- Sunday, 29 January 2017
After a reasonable first half performance by the 1st XV, CS Rugby 1863 ran away with the game 50-5 scoring five more tries at Chiswick yesterday with Head Coach Barry Bridgman saying his side "huffed and puffed to no avail" writes Brian Seeney.
Trailing 17-5 at the break, Gos conceded a converted try 15 minutes into the second half and then the floodgates opened and the game ended in a 16th defeat of the season.
"We didn't start too badly and although they managed to score three tries in the first half, I thought they were pretty soft tries to give away but I thought we were coping with that," said Bridgman.
"We got it wrong in the first half when we played with the wind at our backs and didn't kick enough for field position.
"But we were still in at 17-5 and I said so at half time. The next score mattered and unfortunately it was their score and then they just ran away with it.
"We did our usual bit of (conceding) three tries in quick succession (five minutes) and we shipped most of those points in the last 20 minutes. I think conceding 33 points in the second half was a very poor return."
From their first attack of the afternoon, CS chose to kick to the corner rather than go for the easy shot at the posts and that made it 7-0 after nine minutes.
Gos narrowed that gap within two minutes when skipper Wes Dugan's kick over the top was chased by prop Dan Gamblin - is he really that quick or was he ever so slightly in front of the kicker? It mattered not and it was 7-5.
CS were held up on 25 minutes but then scored two unconverted tries in the 25th and 31st minutes.
Then the home side scored five second half tries after 55, 67, 69, 73 and 89 minutes, the first four of these were converted.
Dan Gamblin scores the only Gos try yesterday. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery shortly.
Bridgman was anxious that after last week's first win against Chiswick, Gos continued to show some progress and he believes they did despite the final scoreline.
"I don't think it was a step backwards because some of the processes worked quite well," he said.
"Our scrum worked well but we spent far far too long expending our energy going sideways, trying to find spaces that just weren't there and we desperately needed to come on to the ball fast and be more direct.
"I think they defended very well and were very quick out of the blocks. We didn't recognise that because we should have been chipping over the top or grubber kicking through them into the masses of space behind their defensive line.
"They were probably offside a few fair times but weren't pinged for that. However you have to live with that and I think we played that quite poorly.
"We huffed and puffed to no avail most of the time and that was disappointing when we were continually going sideways, going through six or even eight phases very often, but we didn't achieve anything and didn't make ground.
"We didn't play anywhere near as well as we played against Havant and they weren't anywhere near the side that Havant are. Yet we shipped fewer points against Havant (0-36) than we did against CS.
"The one shining light for us today was the scrum which was really good and went well.
"The lineout was a lottery - we are not any worse at throwing and not any worse at jumping but we don't seem to be making the right decisions."
Gos now have a free Saturday next weekend which "gives the players a bit of a rest because we picked up a few niggles today" said Bridgman.
They resume league action against Cobham on 11th February at Gosport Park.