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Davies full of respect for Saracens

05th January 2014 08:07

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Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies was left praising Saracens after his side were well beaten 28-9 at Kingsholm.

Tries from Neil de Kock and David Strettle plus the boot of England fly-half Owen Farrell opened up a comfortable 19-3 gap on the scoreboard for the visitors by half-time as Gloucester's pack wilted.

Two yellow cards in the second half did hamper Saracens' hunt for a try bonus point as Gloucester came back into the game, but the Cherry and Whites were well off the pace in a dismal showing.

The loss was Gloucester's eighth in the league this season.

"The game was really won in the first-half," said Davies.

"They (Saracens) have the type of game that brings tremendous pressure to the opposition, and if you are not on top of your game or accurate enough they will find you out.

"When they start to put the squeeze on you, they are very accurate in what they do. We knew what was coming, and we didn't deal with it. Physically, in the first-half, we were second best.

"I think they are the most difficult side that we have come up against. In what they do and the game they have, they do it very well.

"I felt we would be a lot more competitive going into this fixture on the back of our last two results (against Worcester and London Irish), and we are hugely disappointed.

"But we have to learn from the experience and we have to keep on learning.

"The first-half performance was not good enough, but I am not taking anything away from Saracens. They were the architects of that in many ways."

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