Joel Tomkins may have crossed the line twice in Saturday 28-23 defeat against Gloucester at Kingsholm, but the centre couldn’t hide his disappointment after losing the game.
“There’s no getting away from the fact that it was a disappointing result, but the lads showed great togetherness and fight until the end.” said Tomkins who scored either side of half-time.
“We kept plugging away in the second half and we nearly nicked it in the dying minutes.
“You can’t make the errors we made today against a good side likeGloucesteraway from home, but they are numerous positives we can take out if today.
“We have some massive fixtures coming up, so we’ll dust ourselves down and go again. We are confident that when we play well, we can be a match for any side.”
Tomkins second try came off the back of a superb offload by replacement loose-head prop Mako Vunipola; and Tomkins was quick to praise the England international for his sleight of hand;
“It was good to get on the score sheet, but I must give credit to Mako for what was a fantastic offload for my second try; all I had to do was walk it in at what was a crucial part of the match.”
Back rower Jackson Wray was also lamented the full time score, but refused to dwell too much on the result;
“In the first half our performance wasn’t up to scratch but I though in the second half we improved.” explained Wray who played the full 80 minutes at Kingsholm.
“A positive we can take is that going into next week, a physical game against a very good side like Gloucester is great preparation for Toulon. That’s our focus now.”