Leicester 33 Gloucester 11 – The Verdict
Posted 1187 days ago
By Paul Morgan, Rugby World Magazine
AFTER THIS match Gloucester coach summed up the reality of coming to Welford Road looking for a win.
‘The beast got us, the Leicester beast,’ said Betts, and in that line showed exactly how hard it is to win at Welford Road.
The Tigers just don’t understand how to lose at home and this victory stretched their winning home run to 28 matches.
The English Champions haven’t lost at Welford Road since September 2008.
Even when Gloucester went 6-0 up early on it just wasn’t a problem for Leicester who powered clear to win 33-11.
As usual their victory was built around their pack, who just ground the Gloucester eight into the dirt until they buckled.
Not only in the scrum and lineout, but also on the floor and at the breakdown the Leicester pack got so much ball it was inevitable that the Tigers would win.
If anyone is going to take their title from them they better start drilling their packs for the play-offs or back-to-back titles are in the bag!
The reality for Gloucester, who are finding their feet in the Premiership this season, is that this defeat shouldn’t set them back at all, such is a defeat at Welford Road.
Gloucester Rugby had won their last five matches in all competitions before coming to Welford Road and there is no reason why they can’t carry on that run now they have this game out of the way.
But the really good news for Gloucester is that they are building a side built on young, homegrown talent and have ditched (maybe they had to?) their policy of trying to fill the side with overpaid foreigners.
Another youngster with huge promise, Jonny May, was given his first start and performed like he had been playing for years, getting his reward with a second half try.
There are others too from Dave Attwood and Nick Wood in the pack to Tim Molenaar and Olly Morgan in the pack.
Of course clubs should keep some money under the bed for big, big-name signings like Carl Hayman, but forget many of the others as they never deliver what they promise.
Instead why not invest the money in training facilities and a set of specialist coaches who can bring the best out of Molenaar, May and the rest.
Look at Leicester. When Ben Herring was forced to quit the game last season what did Leicester do? Show him the door? Of course not. Make him a forwards’ coach with special responsibility for the breakdown – inspirational and it is paying dividends.
Leicester have always had the policy of investing in English players, as have Wasps, the two most successful English clubs in the professional era.
Against Gloucester we saw another accomplished performance from second row Geoff Parling, who must surely go on England’s summer tour, alongside team-mate Ben Youngs.
The future is bright for both sides, as long as it is based on homegrown players with a handful of foreigners thrown in. Not the other way round!!!
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