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What chances for fifth placed Aviva Premiership club?
Low-scoring Gloucester looking at mid-table mediocrity...again!
Posted Oct 19, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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I have been quite harsh on Gloucester so far this season which, looking at it more closely isn’t really that fair of me. The south western team, who settled for mid-table mediocrity last year, are currently fifth in the Aviva Premiership after five matches having won three and lost two.
And I have to admit, this surprised me. When I’ve looked at the results it felt like they had either lost or scraped to a win so to see them up there in fifth just seven points off the top shocked me.
I expected Gloucester to be in a relegation fight this year after losing heavily at Exeter and London Irish but their battling qualities are to be admired. They also struggled against Leeds Carnegie, the whipping boys of the division, so it was hard to see how they would gather any serious momentum.
But they have quietly gone about things and despite scoring the second least amount of points in the division, they defensive solidity has been a strong point for them. They have conceded the second least amount of points with only league leaders having a meaner defence.
And it is this foundation that has let them slowly climb the table.
The other point that interests me is that they have spread their points around the team this season. Admittedly fly-half Nick Robinson has 51 points in all competitions to date but they have amassed 11 different try scorers in league and cup games which bodes well for the future.
So what are their chances this season?
Well in all honesty I expect them to finish in exactly the same position as they did last year and that’s seventh. They don’t score enough points to mount a title challenge and they lose to teams who they should be beating so when you add these factors together it says that the lower half of the table awaits them
I will plump for seventh, but that will be a lucky number seven for Gloucester in my opinion.