Hook ‘outstanding’ in Gloucester fightback

Date published: January 3 2016

David Humphreys was full of praise for his Gloucester fly-half James Hook after Saturday's win over London Irish.

Hook's goalkicking was vital for the Cherry and Whites as they turned around a 14-6 deficit at half-time.

The Wales international finished with five penalties and a conversion to help Gloucester climb up into the top six despite a the pitch suffering in the rain at Kingsholm.

"James was absolutely outstanding," Humphreys said.

"It was very difficult to kick in those conditions but he kept the scoreboard ticking over, which is what it's all about.

"We are very fortunate to have some many excellent goal-kickers in Greig Laidlaw, James, Billy Twelvetrees, Billy Burns and Rob Cook.

"Despite the interval scoreline, there wasn't a huge amount between the teams. Irish took their two opportunities well but in those conditions, it's almost better not to have the ball.

"It became an arm wrestle but we never felt under massive pressure and full credit to Charlie Sharples and Henry Purdy, who relentlessly chased kicks.

"Our second-half performance was outstanding and one of our best of the season as we had to roll up our sleeves to ensure the win.

"We are building all the time as we are now winning tight games but we have a tough group of games coming up."