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Elwood feels 'frustrated' after Gloucester reversal

ANOTHER tight finish and, according to Connacht coach Eric Elwood, the province's 14-10 loss to Gloucester was an opportunity missed at the Sportsground on Saturday.

Freddie Burns gave Gloucester a platform with a penalty from 45 metres, but Niall O'Connor missed the chance to cancel it when his kick drifted wide. Burns then landed a second from close range.

Pressure exerted by the visitors inevitably led to a try, with James Simpson-Daniel going over after 31 minutes. Connacht replied straight after the restart, with Connacht captain Gavin Duffy touching down under the posts.

O'Connor added the points to make it 11-7 at the break, and three minutes into the second half reduced the deficit again, via a penalty.

But Gloucester extended their lead nine minutes from time when Burns landed his third penalty of the afternoon. Connacht have now lost nine in a row. "We know we are capable of mixing with this opposition," said Elwood. "We are frustrated with our performance."


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