Turner unhappy with penalty count
October 16, 2010
Toulouse fly-half David Skrela lands a kick on goal during his side's win in Newport © Getty Images
Newport Gwent Dragons head coach Paul Turner felt his side were harshly treated by the officials after Saturday's 40-19 Heineken Cup defeat by Toulouse at Rodney Parade.
Toulouse scored three tries in Newport, through flanker Thierry Dusautoir, fullback Maxime Medard and No.8 Louis Picamoles, but Turner was more concerned with the 18 points which David Skrela and Florian Fritz amassed between them through penalties.
The Dragons boss was quick to concede that the right side had won but he was unhappy with the amount of decisions which went the way of the reigning champions.
"The magnitude of the scoreline probably didn't do justice to our effort," he said. "We were on the savage end of a huge penalty count, and against quality sides like Toulouse if you give them an inch they will take a mile. It didn't seem we were coming out on the right end of any decision. Toulouse had quality everywhere, but I felt we were much closer to them than the scoreline suggests.
"You have got to take your chances when they come, but I am proud of our efforts again. Our defence is getting tighter every week, but we have got to learn to keep the ball for longer periods."
Fullback Will Harries, who scored the Dragons' only try of the game, was also of the opinion that the Dragons deserved more out of the game and that the final scoreline flattered Toulouse.
"It felt like we were under pressure for most of the game. They were attacking us and had a lot of the ball, although I thought the scoreline was closer than it actually was - it feels a bit harsh," he said. "We will look at how we can improve and hopefully become a better team as a result. It is disappointing, but we will take some positives from the game."
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