Gloucester were in great shape and form as they took on their rivals London Wasps at Kingsholm.
They played brilliantly and thrashed their opponents thirty nine to ten in the Aviva Premiership. They played some exceptional rugby to thrash the Wasps heavily in the much awaited fixture.
This great win now places Gloucester at the fifth place in the league while the embarrassing loss for the London Wasps saw them drop down to the ninth spot in the league table.
Gloucester made a strong start to the match as they sent Luke Narraway over for the very first try only after the first five minutes. Jonny May then followed suit in the fourteenth minute itself.
They dominated the match right from the start and though the London Wasps were in contention, it was Gloucester that always looked more threatening. Though the Wasps did make a comeback before the first half finished, it was still Gloucester that led the score board nineteen to ten at the break.
The second half was completely dominated by Gloucester as they tore their rivals apart by adding another twenty points. The side looked motivated and connected well with each other.
They also defended superbly and made sure that London Wasps did not add to their points tally. They did not allow their opponents breathing space also and hence restricted and defended their movements well.
After the half time, Freddie Burns kicked a great penalty and then Trinder beat Simpson to touch down thus extending their lead over the rivals to a great seventeen points.
The Wasps looked morally beaten as they knew that a comeback from this point was impossible even though there were thirty minutes still left to play. Thus having broken the rivals, Gloucester continued on mercilessly and ended the match at thirty nine to ten, having convincingly won the match and reduced the rivals to dust.
Gloucester boss, Bryan Redpath has had his calls for extra spending power answered by his board. With the salary set to be increased from next season the Cherry and Whites boss was keen to ensure he was able to build a competitive squad for the new higher spending top flight.
The Gloucester board have secured outside funding which should mean they are able to afford to max out their salary cap and also afford the purchase of a marquee signing if Redpath chooses to do so.
Gloucester have recently gone on the record stating they may decide against the signing of a marquee player, choosing instead to focus on a more harmonious squad which would they believe be potentially disrupted by singling out one player as their top dog.
The playing budget has been confirmed, towards the end of December, right in time for Redpath to start building for the future at the earliest possible point. The latest Rugby betting odds suggest that players such as Nick Easter are being sounded out by the club as potential signings.
From the beginning of January out of contract players are free to negotiate with potential suitors and can sign contracts for the forthcoming 2012-13 season. It also means that players are free to leave Gloucester a lot easier from this point on, but they are believed to have tied down a number of their higher profile out of contract players with new contracts and they believe themselves to be in a stronger position than in previous years.
The Cherry and Whites do still however have 17 players out of contract at the end of the season and if Redpath wants to keep them, he must act quickly.
The Kingsholm club have up until now been relatively restrained in their spending, struggling from financial burdens resulting from the last regime’s free spending plans. But with finances secured and with the new investment it looks as though Redpath will now have his chance to show what he can do with significant financial backing.
It is believed that Redpath will run his squad through their paces in the international break, with the weeks between matches allowing him to work out who he wants to keep, and who should go. (Incidentally, England have the shortest Six Nations Betting Odds… :))