Fuimaono-Sapolu lashes out at 'boring' Sarries
May 16, 2011
Gloucester centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu meets some resistance © Getty Images
Gloucester centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has lashed out following their Aviva Premiership semi-final defeat to Saracens, branding their conquerors "horribly boring".
The Cherry and Whites fell to a 12-10 defeat at Vicarage Road on Sunday as Sarries booked a rematch with Leicester, having lost out at the Twickenham finale in heartbreaking circumstances 12 months ago.
Owen Farrell kept his nerve in blustery conditions to land four penalties, including the decisive kick, after Nicky Robinson's try had given Gloucester a late lead.
The visitor's director of rugby, Bryan Redpath, conceded his side had been second best against a Saracens side adept at playing "risk-free rugby", but Fuimaono-Sapolu was more forthright in a frank series of Twitter messages, which could land him in hot water with the Rugby Football Union (RFU).
"I would say the referee was a joke but I'd probably get fined for it so I won't," he tweeted.
"Fair play Sarries. We score 20 more tries than them and the only try in the semi. Horribly boring but very clinical. Fair play.
"We scored two tries. One disallowed. No wonder my super15 friends are making jokes about northern hemisphere rugby. Boring rugby wins.
"The only semi-final that can't sell out! Farrell put more bombs on us than the U.S did on Osama Bin Laden."
Farrell took over the kicking duties after Richard Wigglesworth and Alex Goode had both missed early shots at goal and insists he is ready to take similar responsibility in the final. "I would love to kick in the final. We will see how it goes in practice but I am always confident and I will be ready," he said.
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