Sixways hoodoo goes on

Gloucestershire Echo - - DEACS WEEK -

GLOUCES­TER’S past re­sults at Sixways have not been great and the theme con­tin­ued on Sun­day.

The Cherry and Whites lacked that bite and hunger in de­fence, their usual sti­fling line press was not there, al­low­ing a mo­ti­vated Worces­ter side to win the bat­tle of the gain line. Worces­ter won the con­tact bat­tle on the floor, slow­ing up the Glouces­ter ball, which did not af­ford the half backs of Heinz and Cipri­ani a lot time or space on the ball. Glouces­ter’s li­ne­out did not func­tion as smoothly as it has done in re­cent months. One rea­son they have been in such a good vein of form, had a lot to do with an ef­fi­cient li­ne­out. The scrum theme was of con­tin­ued col­lapses which ref­eree JP Doyle was happy to play away from.

At times I thought Cipri­ani tried to cre­ate some­thing that was not there; the usual slick back line play was mud­dled with in­de­ci­sion which re­sulted in players be­ing in the wrong po­si­tion and put un­nec­es­sary stress on the con­tact area.

The most dis­ap­point­ing as­pect was the Glouces­ter players did not play with the usual in­ten­sity.

Glouces­ter were play­ing a well­mo­ti­vated War­riors side, where vic­tory would re­sult in them se­cur­ing an­other sea­son in the Gal­lagher Premier­ship.

Glouces­ter re­quired a point to con­firm they will make the play-offs for the first time in eight seasons.

Jo­han Ack­er­mann rested the front line props and used his bench early real­is­ing any in­juries to his front-line players could have a detri­men­tal ef­fect.

With Glouces­ter mak­ing the play-offs it begs the ques­tion will Ack­er­mann stick or twist re­gard­ing se­lec­tion? Does he rest his front line players, or does he keep play­ing them to main­tain form and fit­ness?

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