Cherry and Whites fail to turn up for home game
Gloucester well beaten
Gloucester 15 Sale 30
Saturday, 29 December 2016, 1500hrs

What a let down.
'Fortress Kingsholm' came crashing down as Sale dismantled the Cherry and Whites' pack with comparative ease to gain a deserved bonus-point victory.
Comments from the crowd around me such as - Lack-lustre, lifeless, pathetic, embarrassing clueless and disgraceful, just about summed up a Gloucester performance that is usually reserved for away matches but not a sold-out home game.
The hosts made a decent start with a Billy Twelvetrees penalty and a converted try from hooker Jaco Visage to take the lead 10-0 but as the game progressed so did Sale, as aided by too many Gloucester errors, they began to dominate territory and posssession and in doing so added 30 unanswered points with four tries such was their superiority.
Gloucester game management was poor and was compounded by far too many mistakes, second class ball retention, slipshod passing and too many wrong options, plus a sub-standard line-out and sloppy defence, wheras in marked contrast, the competitive visitors took full advantage of their opportunities and controlled much of the match. Typically in the first half when Gloucester lost two line-outs they both resulted in scores for the visitors. 14 simple points given away.
Sale's Springbok half backs of Faf de Klerk and Jaco du Preez always made the correct choices and tested the home defence more and more as the match progressed. The visitor's back row shone throughout in the loose, whilst only Ben Morgan seemed equal to the task in the Gloucester pack.
Gloucester's lengthy injury list is definitely causing problems with the loss of key players, now with Billy Twlvetrees, Willi Heinz and Jaco Kriel likely to be added but on this showing accuracy and commitment are also in short supply.
The hosts did score a late 'Exeter' style try
but that was very much too little too late as Sale were the better side by some distance.

A good result away last week at Newcastle - a poor performance this week at home! So much for consistency.
Upcoming fixtures against Leicester, Munster and Castres do not inspire any confidence on this showing and it will need a major shift to avoid being locked in a downward spiral of results.
Sadly on current form the Cherry and Whites looked nothing like a Top Six Premiership side let alone contenders for a Play-off spot!
T.H. 30/12/2018

More from Mike

Second best is all that can be said. 

The Cherry & Whites were beaten by a better side on the day. 

The only positive that has come, from this season so far, is that we are building a squad and team that can/should beat any other team at Kingsholm and pick up valuable points on the road. 

A work still in progress. 


Tom Hudson; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Henry Trinder, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Matt Banahan; 10. Owen Williams, 9. Willi Heinz (capt);
1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Jaco Visagie, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Ed Slater, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Lewis Ludlow, 7. Jaco Kriel, 8. Ben Morgan


16.Henry Walker, 17. Paddy McAllister, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Tom Savage, 20. Gareth Evans, 21. Freddie Clarke, 22. Callum Braley, 23, Henry Purdy

Unavailable for selection:
Ruan Ackermann, Mark Atkinson, Danny Cipriani, Gareth Denman, Todd Gleave, James Hanson, Franco Marais, Tom Marshall, Jake Polledri, Val Rapava Ruskin, Will Safe, Ollie Thorley, Jason Woodward

Referee:Chris Ridley

Tries:Visage, Banahan
Con: Twelvetrees
Pen: Twelvetrees

Half-time: 10-17

BT - Highlights

GLOUCESTER Matches - Kingsholm Premiership Home Record - 1987- 2018

GLOUCESTER Matches - Kingsholm Premiership Attendances - 1996-2018

GLOUCESTER Matches - Premiership Record v Sale

GLOUCESTER Matches - Match Reports v Sale