Wrong decisions by his players in time added on at the end of each half - one that Head Coach Barry Bridgman described as "dreadful" and the other as "horrendous" - brought about the 1st XV's first home defeat of the season by 24-27 against Twickenham yesterday writes Brian Seeney.

The game somehow lasted just 97 minutes and the result caused Gos to slip two places to seventh in the London 2 South West table.

The first critical moment came in the sixth minute of added time in the first half when Gos failed to put boot to ball and conceded a try that was very well converted against the wind.

It had taken took Gos 21 minutes to break through Twickenham's well organised defence with the first of two tries for young wing Shaun Taylor, brought in to liven up the attack which he certainly did.

Gos stretched to 13-0 with centre Wayne Dugan scoring on 40 minutes and were good value for that lead.

So it was a disappointing end to the half when it reached 13-7 after Gos had played well, tackled well and looked nothing like the side that lost a week before at Old Reigatian because in terms of personnel they weren't, with returning second row Toby Woodford standing out along with flankers Grant Grant Hill and Ethan Carpenter and debut starter Tom Batley at no. 8.

That late first half try had brought the visitors right back into the match and 43rd and 53rd minute penalties levelled it at 13-13. Within four minutes they lead for the first time with their second try, converted from wide out for 13-20.

This was now a real test for Gos - crumble or fight back. They did the latter.

Taylor's second try was his best on 62 minutes which was the start of a Gos revival after they had drifted out of the game.

He had two men to beat and by rights shouldn't have, but he did. With two penalties from fly half Alex Duncombe after 66 and 77 minutes, Gos looked like winners at 24-20.

But then Twickenham responded with the winning seven pointer and in the 50th minute of the half they were celebrating victory.

"I did ask (the referee) at the end of the first half why we had played a 47 minute half and the only reply I got was 'because my clock is the only one that decides how long we play'.

"I thought as we had only one injury in the first half and that was a couple of minutes at the most, I couldn't understand why we played 47 and I couldn't understand why we played 51 minutes in the second half because that's what I had on my stopwatch.

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Wing Shaun Taylor scores his second try for Gos yesterday. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery to follow shortly.

"I asked at the end of the match why he (the referee) felt it necessary to play 51 minutes and got exactly the same answer."

But Bridgman wasn't blaming extra time for the loss: "There was some awful decision-making (by us) throughout the game at crucial times," he said.

"I thought we played a lot better overall than last week. It was a tougher ask and I thought we played some really good rugby at times.

"We started quite well which we didn't do last week and didn't do apparently in the other games when I wasn't there.

"We came out well and put some points on the board eventually. They (Twickenham) were tough and gritty and hardworking. They talked well and got under our skins. We had players griping and moaning and they (Twickenham) coached the referee very well.

"I was a bit disappointed in the way we reacted to some of that and to the crowd and some of the things that were going on. That's something we need to address.

"We started well and in places during the game we played really well such as the last 20 minutes of the first half when we were running the ball and they couldn't live with it. But unfortunately we couldn't make that last pass.

"We made a dreadful decision at the end of the first half not clearing the ball behind our own goal line when it just needed to be whacked out and it wouldn't have mattered if it had gone only five metres into touch.

"It was a poor decision and it cost us seven points and therefore instead of being 13-nil down at half time it was 13-7 and that gave Twickenham hope and momentum.

"They spent the next 15 minutes in our face and quite frankly at that time I thought we were really under the cosh and that could have gone very wrong and we could have ended up losing by 30 points.

"However we didn't and then at the end when we had two or three minutes to wind the clock down at 24-20 up, we decided to kick the ball away twice and we paid the penalty for that.

"We allowed a ball to bounce into touch when we shouldn't have. We should have stopped that ball and banged it way back down the park and that was a pretty poor decision.

"I'm very, very disappointed because at 24-20 with a lot of ball I thought we were going to win it. Then we make horrendous decisions to kick the ball away twice and that gave the game away."

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