The Premiership Rugby Cup ended with the Gloucester Rugby winning the match against Northampton Saints in time with Gerbrandt Grobler managing to get the ball down on the try line.
The referee Greg McDonald disagreed but replay showed the ball was grounded and the try was awarded.
Gloucester now has a shot at being best runner up with nine points won from the first three games. They’ll however not only have to beat Bath, but also hope other results – this weekend and in the final round – go their way.
Backs coach Tim Taylor praised the “fight and resilience” of the Gloucester players after the game as their persistence finally paid off.
Although the players missed a lot of chances, gave away penalties, or coughed up possession to Northampton, they miraculously won the match.
They got there in the end in difficult conditions but there are plenty of things to work on to make sure they convert their chances with the serious business of the Premiership returning next week.
Fans are a bit confused as to the purpose of the Premiership Cup. This is partly due to the big disparity in the teams being fielded from the first week.
They want to know if the competition is to be more glamorous or a development competition. The crowds have been healthy considering but that won’t last long if things keep going as they are.
In its current guise, the Premiership Cup is destined to fail.