Slow progress for Welsh
5:00pm Monday 19th November 2012 in Sport
Despite a second successive LV= Cup loss, London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones is confident his players are getting used to what is expected of them at the highest level as a result, writes Charlie Talbot-Smith.
Jones felt his side were competitive after 20 minutes when trailing 10-6, but 24 unanswered first-half points followed as Gloucester’s domination made Welsh’s improved second-half display insignificant as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 46-20 triumph.
With Nick Scott and James Tideswell crossing after half-time, Jones was pleased with his side’s fighting spirit, but conceded they will need to learn from their first-half frailties in order to improve.
"I was delighted with our second-half performance but I was disappointed with certain aspects of our game,” said Jones.
“Our set-piece and lineout weren't accurate enough but at 10-6 at the end of the first quarter I thought we were right in it.
"However we then went through a bad series and the Gloucester side kicked on as they are very confident at the moment but we did well to come back and show some fight.
"The competition is beneficial to us as we get more at ease with the standard that we are required to play, because a lot of our players have just played in the Championship."
Meanwhile Gloucester number eight Ben Morgan, who scored a hat-trick, insisted the entire squad will have to continue to carry their weight if they are to challenge on more than one front this season.
The 23-year-old highlighted the ability of his side’s replacements to fill the boots of those before them to ensure the victory, but crediting Welsh for putting his side under pressure in a more evenly contested second period.
“I think in the first-half we showed that when we start holding ball and going through our phases we can be very dangerous,” said Morgan.
“Second half we threw it about a little bit more and to be fair to them they came back and put some real pressure on us but we ground out the result.
“When you are up by a few points it definitely gives you some freedom for a bit of creativity and to throw it about but it shows we cannot get too loose because it allowed them back into the game.
“It was definitely good to blow a few cobwebs out after a week off but it was good to see the guys off the bench and guys with not a lot of game time just step into the roll.
“That is what we need moving forward. We need guys in the squad who, no matter who is playing, can step into the role and keep the Gloucester movement going forward.”
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