Monday 29th April 2019
Myles McDevitt – UCFB Multimedia Sports Journalism Student
Gloucester Rugby have managed to find themselves back in the play-offs after eight years since they last appeared. They have won an European Challenge Cup title since then but have struggled form wise in the league. However, Johan Ackerman’s side has taken off this season and a play-off place is now guaranteed after this weekend’s results.
However, the challenge for the Cherry and Whites will be who they come up against in the Semis. For certain this will be Saracens at Allianz Park.
Saracens find themselves in the Champions Cup final against Leinster and have done the European and Premiership double on two separate occasions. They will be hungry to get themselves into another final and that’s where Gloucester could come unstuck. Once Saracens are on a roll, it is hard to break them down.
Gloucester though have hit their stride this season and impressive performances at home this season have given them a huge confidence boost.
For sure, Gloucester have certainly been bolstered by the arrival of Danny Cipriani since last summer. Cipriani’s performances have seen him win plaudits with the rugby media as a whole but not with England Coach Eddie Jones. Many feel bemused by the decision to leave Cipriani out of the squad where his slick style of play and his cool temperament is exactly what England need in such an important year.
However, the town of Gloucester is gearing up to cheer on their side as they look to reach a first Premiership final since 2007.