Redpath delights in Cherry and White's victory
March 20, 2011
Gloucester wing Tom Voyce scores his side's opening try © Getty Images
Head coach Bryan Redpath admitted he was "chuffed to bits" for everybody involved with Gloucester after they won the Anglo-Welsh Cup with a 34-7 victory over Newcastle Falcons at Franklin's Gardens.
After tasting defeat in the past two Anglo-Welsh Cup finals, the Cherry and Whites finally secured victory after losing to Northampton Saints last season and shipping 50 points against Cardiff Blues in 2009. Nicky Robinson's imperious kicking display coupled with four tries proved enough for Gloucester to extend their winning streak to 11 games.
"The players stuck to a lot of basics," said Redpath. "I thought Nicky's kicking to that bottom right-hand corner was exceptional and it just frustrated Newcastle. It gave us a bit of strength and then we took our opportunities.
"I am delighted for the players and the staff. I am absolutely chuffed to bits for everybody involved with the club."
Gloucester are arguably the country's in-form side and are still in the hunt for the Aviva Premiership crown, but Redpath wanted the players to let their hair down after today's victory. "We have got to enjoy tonight and have a few beers," he added. "Everyone can relax and then it is mine and the other coaches job to make sure we are focused again on Tuesday morning.
"The players should be happy about winning something because we set our sights to get as high as we can in the Premiership and win a competition. We've done that and now the challenge is left to push on in the Premiership and make sure we keep growing as a side and learn from tough days."
Newcastle head coach Alan Tait believes the final was a game too far for his side. The Falcons languish second-bottom in the league and surprised many by reaching the Anglo-Welsh cup final, having sneaked past Harlequins 21-20 in the semi-finals.
"I shook Bryan's hand after the game and the first thing I said to him was 'it was probably a job too far for us'", said Tait. "Full credit to what they are doing at Gloucester. They looked the part even in the warm-up. They are a good outfit.
"Obviously 10 games on the bounce is no mean feat, but we got stuck into the game and I still thought we had a bit of a chance at half-time because I knew we were still strong. We just didn't play in the right areas and when they got us to 20-0 we started to play the old barbarian stuff that doesn't really work at this level."
"We have got to be happy to get to the final and it was great experience for our younger players."
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