By Cherry Picker
March 21 2012
Gloucester winger Ollie Phillips says the Kingsholm players are "reasonably content with the springboard they have in front of them," according to the Citizen.
With the target a top four finish, Glaws are sixth, six behind fourth-placed Northampton and still stinging from their last outing, a good thumping at Leicester.
Admittedly, three of their last five games are at home and Glaws play fifth placed Exeter at Kingsholm on Saturday, when a big win could take them up a place.
But with time running out and their last result an embarrassment, many fans might feel "reasonably content" a bit off the mark, though to be fair it apopears those words are the Citizen's rather than the player's. There are those in the stands, in fact, who have written the season off – though, of course, it would be wrong for the players to do so.
Phillips is quoted as saying: “"I think if we had looked at the whole situation, being in with a shout of getting into the play-offs, with five games to go and three of those at home, then we would have taken that.
"We can still do something about that top-four picture, and that's an exciting situation to be in now.
"Clearly we would have liked to have been in greater control of things, but we can still affect our own progress, and that's the most vital aspect.
"We have definitely spoken about the play-offs, there's no need not to, because it's a huge aim for us.
"We've got nothing to hide on that front and even though it's still a big ask we know we are capable of five wins from five games, and that's what it would take.
"But the boys are in great condition, mentally and physically, and we're definitely ready to get back on track."
So, five wins out of five … no pressure there, then.
There’s also a matter of pride to play for as Glaws see out a season which has been frustrating at times, promising at other times and maddening almost as often.
With the squad for next season taking shape and some of the current players on the way out this the summer, it’s a time of flux at Kingsholm. A good win would do everybody good.