Saracens travel to Gloucester this weekend in round twelve of the Aviva Premiership, Henry Fraser previews Saturday’s clash at Kingsholm.
Form Guide, won 4, lost 7.
It’s not often you see Gloucester so low in the league half way through a season. They currently sit ninth in the league and are struggling to break away from the teams below them. Trying to find consistency is key for the Cherry and Whites.
Normally if Gloucester are struggling away, their home form saves them. However this season they are performing better away from Kingsholm, only winning two from six at home.
They have not had their free flowing rugby that served them so well last season. This is mainly because their forwards have not been able to get dominance at the set piece. To get control of this game the Sarries forwards will have to be as tight as ever at the set piece to ware down Gloucester.
Gloucester’s rugby has been quite stop start meaning that their very dangerous backs have not had the opportunity to show their full worth. Backs that on average are probably the fastest in the league and can be real show stoppers.
Even though they are ninth in the league, they are seventh in tries scored with a total of nineteen. They haven’t scored many away from home but have scored twelve at Kingsholm. It takes them a little while to get going but they seem to score most of their tries straight after half time. Sarries will have to make sure their defence comes out strong after the break.
It’s their defence that really let then down. They are third in most tries conceded with twenty four. Most of the tries they concede are in the first and the final quarters of the game. These are the times when Sarries score most, so Sarries must keep performing the way they are.
After Nick Wood’s seventy three second red card at Allianz Park early in the season, Gloucester will be wanting to make amends for his mistake. They held Sarries close for a lot of game, with a man down, and just need to find that same resilience in defence because their attack doesn’t need a lot to create something big.
Even though they have struggled so far this season Gloucester are a side never to be taken easy, especially at home. The power of the shed can really boost the Gloucester players.
15/9/13 Saracens 44 – 12 Gloucester Rugby
20/4/13 Gloucester Rugby 28 – 23 Saracens
2/12/12 Saracens 28 – 23 Gloucester Rugby
Player to watch
Henry Trinder – After missing a lot of rugby last season with injury, Trinder has come back firing this year. He’s an extremely talented player who can do special things on a rugby pitch. He possesses all the skills a great outside centre should have, a step to beat any defender, a change of speed to rival the best and an offload to unleash his devastatingly quick wingers in Sharples and May.