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Glaws earn pool pole position


Big Jim - off

By Cherry Picker
December 9 2012

We knew they have skill, we knew they have pace and we knew they had strength ... now we can be fairly sure there's plenty of character there, too, as the Nigel Davies-inspired revolution at Gloucester gathers pace. 

Winning at London Irish is no big deal these days – this was Gloucester’s second this season – but this time they snatched the win from the jaws of defeat as Freddie Burns, who started the game in the centre, scored 24 points in a table-turning victory.

Glaws were 22-9 down early in the second half, but two tries in just over five minutes turned the game on its head and one they regained the lead, Glaws were in no mood to give it up, the 29-22 win taking them to the top of their Amlin Cup Pool One table.

Irish led 10-9 at the break after Sailosi Tagicakibau’s converted try and a penalty,and further tries from Halani Auliki and Anthony Watson must have made the home team think they were on the way to revenge for their Premiership defeat at the hands of Glaws in September.

But Dan Murphy against his former club and Burns crossed for tries, Burns converted both and finished the game with five penalties in the latest chapter of his exciting development.

There were changes for Glaws, but the comeback again underlined the strength that lies in the squad and, with Irish due at Kingsholm for the return next weekend, Davies told the Citizen: “This game in terms of Europe gives us control of the pool I suppose.

“I still believe we’ve got to go and win all our remaining games, but there’s two home games and one away game, so hopefully we should be fairly confident of progressing now.

“But I’m sure Irish will come hard at us next weekend and they can still get back into the pool as well.

“So the game at Kingsholm is equally important.”

The news that skipper Jim Hamilton is joining the one-way traffic into French club rugby at the end of this season is not good for Glaws, but the big man would have needed replacing sooner or later and after he almost left last close-season, Davies must have known the chances of him going were strong.

The salary cap in England and the amazing buying power of the French clubs is worrying the game here, but Glaws have as much chance as any other club of overcoming the problems.

How long the financial strength of club rugby in France will last is open to question.

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