“Let’s be judged after the first six games but we have an awful long way to go. We’ve got to be a lot better than we were tonight if we are going to trouble the best.”
Life in the promised land of the Aviva Premiership continued to disappoint for London Welsh as they suffered their fourth defeat of the season to a distinctly average Gloucester side.
The Exiles have become this year’s whipping boys and they were again put to the sword after a late onslaught from the Cherry and Whites at the Kassam Stadium.
Gloucester’s director of rugby, David Humphreys, was far from satisfied with his side’s performance despite their emphatic 46-10 victory over struggling London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium.
At half-time Gloucester were fortunate to be winning 12-10 but they dominated the second half and once the Welsh prop Taione Vea had been sin-binned they scored 31 unanswered points in the last 15 minutes.
Gloucester stormed to an emphatic bonus-point win over London Welsh thanks to a 15-minute purple patch at the Kassam Stadium.
Despite quick-fire first-half tries from Henry Purdy and Charlie Sharples, the Cherry and Whites led by just five points going into the final quarter.
Frustration was setting in but the introduction of Greig Laidlaw and the switch of Billy Twelvetrees to fly-half, combined with superior fitness levels proved decisive.
Welsh had conceded 151 points in their three previous encounters and Gloucester clocked up a similar score in a ruthless closing period.
Mark Atkinson was at the heart of the revival and provided an inspired two-try cameo to wrap up maximum points and slay the Welsh dragons.
And Gloucester twisted the knife with further tries from Jonny May and the whistle of referee Luke Pearce.
Gloucester rugby director David Humphreys:
“You look back over the last two or three years, some of the tries of the season have been scored by Jonny May, Sharples and James Simpson-Daniel,” said Humphreys.
“We know that’s there and if we want to be successful as a team, we’ve got to be creating three or four overlaps and making sure Jonny Mays are scoring very easy tries.
“We haven’t got to that stage yet and that’s part of the challenge as we continue to develop.
“A lot of the elements we know we’ve got to build our game around weren’t there (in the first half).
“I think in the second half we kept the ball a little bit better and had a couple of bits of magic to score some tries. That gave us a bit of breathing space, but London Welsh made it very difficult for us.”
Welsh Head Coach Justin Burnell:
“It will be interesting reviewing the game,” he said. “We are all professional enough not to state the obvious but we have got to review this game and have a good look at it.
“Like anything else when you are trying your damndest and you are all doing the same I can understand when mistakes happen, but all we are looking for is just the right decisions to be made.
“When we want the right decisions to be made it’s not always about the players. We have all just got to get to the same opinion about what’s going on basically.”