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Nigel Davies says Biarritz were clinical in their win over his Gloucester side

Last Updated: 05/04/13 7:41am

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Nigel Davies: We lacked the intensity of last week.

Nigel Davies: We lacked the intensity of last week.

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Gloucester coach Nigel Davies paid tribute to Biarritz after they knocked his side out of the Amlin Challenge Cup at the quarter-final stage.

The impressive French side ran in five tries during their 41-31 win at Kingsholm and the holders now face an away semi-final later this month against either Wasps or Leinster.

"What we saw in Biarritz was a very clinical side," said Davies "We conceded points just after we scored, and their driving lineout was very strong.

"We tried to create a lot more than them, but we just lacked the intensity of last week, even though we showed a lot of intent. Their opportunities came from broken play."

Biarritz scored three first-half tries while Gloucester had a player in the sin-bin - first prop Dario Chistolini and then hooker Koree Britton - and the hosts could not overhaul a 27-14 half-time deficit.

"The first yellow card wasn't a yellow card, simple as that," said Davies. "But that is irrelevant in many ways.

"More importantly, we couldn't really back up the performance level of last week against Harlequins.

"There was a lot of effort and endeavour, not always directed in the right direction, but that is where this group is at the moment.

"I thought we played a lot of the rugby out there, but arguably a little too much at times.

"When you have got an ambition to out-play and out-run the opposition, it is very difficult when you go down to 14 men for 20 minutes. That had an effect, there is no doubt about that.

"It was a strange old game in many ways. We played our part in it, but it was a great experience for this group of players. They will learn a lot from it."

Yachvili happy

Biarritz's former Gloucester number nine Dimitri Yachvili said: "We are very happy.

"We knew that Gloucester were playing well in the Premiership, so this is a very good win for us.

"We are the Cup holders, and we know if we win the tournament we will qualify for the Heineken Cup next season. We will keep working hard."

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