Come out and support us against Richmond
CINDERFORD’S single-point victory against Worthing Raiders left me with mixed emotions.
We played well in parts and my overriding thought is that our survival fortunes are still in our hands after getting five points from the game.
We were disappointed to gift Worthing two bonus points after a late try but they do have a very high number of bonus points in the league, so a lot of sides have conceded those points to them this season.
But from where we were in stages of that game, 21-8 down just before half-time, I would take the five points gladly.
Now we move on to Richmond on Saturday, who we lost 55-20 to away.
In the changing rooms after the Worthing game we talked about being motivated by an understanding of the ramifications of a defeat to Richmond.
The game is at home against a side who are not having a great season by their own standards and our fate is in our hands.
We owe Richmond a big one, we have not played well against them the last two games.
We are doing a lot of analysis on Richmond this week in training and will tinker with what we have.
We need to ensure the guys are fit and mentally in a good place to get ready for the game.
We are 14th in the league, and still in the relegation zone although we have three games in hand on Worthing just above us.
But we really want to swell the numbers at Dockham Road this Saturday and create an atmosphere.
Gloucester aren’t playing, there aren’t a lot of rugby games on because it’s a reserve weekend and we will be showing all the Six Nations games on TV.
There is a lot on the line and you know when you watch Cinderford you will see tries scored and you will be entertained, so I encourage people to show up and support the team.
There are some great players at Cinderford and Richmond play a very good brand of rugby. This is a big deal for the club, for the town and for Gloucestershire.
Ben Morgan was my man of the match
ENGLAND’S win against Wales was as entertaining as it was well-deserved.
I looked in some of the national papers and saw Ben Morgan has been given a six in the ratings – but he was my man of the match.
He was brilliant with the ball in hand in defence and in his off-loading game in his carries and he picked up well at the base under pressure.
Billy Twelvetrees just seems to get better and better and demonstrated some classic centre play like that fabulous grubber kick which set Luther Burrell up for the try.
Billy has cemented himself into the side for the foreseeable future and players coming back from injury will be aware of that.
We also saw Jonny May going up against Alex Cuthbert, two great examples of the sort of international class that Hartpury College is putting out.
They have very different styles of play but are both very effective players – Jonny will look for the gap while Alex has the power to run through people like George North.
May’s decision making could have been better at times but he is always looking for the gaps to score. All three Gloucester players played well which bodes very well for England and the Cherry and Whites.
Let's hope we play Hartpury next season
THE Hartpury juggernaut continues to surge on and they are now all but promoted in National Two.
They will quietly be planning for next season and fingers crossed they will be playing Cinderford in National One.
They have the strength in the squad, and the facilities and coaching staff to do so.
That is something which will motivate our guys but we still have a lot of work to do.
Lydney are also looking like comfortable winners of National Three and will be planning for that step up next season – they are in a good position to be a competitive side in National Two.
Hartpury and Lydney have daylight between them and the rest of their leagues and have the luxury to plan for next season.
At the other end of National Three, it was good to see Old Centralians get a good win over Avonmouth Old Boys. They are in the relegation zone but can still get out of trouble in that league, they have found some form and have games in hand.
Old Patesians are just above Old Cents in the same league and also got a vital win over Barnstaple, but they will be looking over their shoulders.
It is always good that Gloucestershire sides are playing in the highest level possible so hopefully they will both be safe.
Coney Hill also secured a win against Clevedon, but it might not be enough to save them in South West One West. But it is morale-boosting to end the season on a run and it should stand them in good stead next term.
Matson are also in great form in Gloucester Premier and it is all theirs to lose now. They may not be as dominant as Lydney or Hartpury but it is good to see a former giant of local rugby doing well again.
Old Cryptians are in a dog fight in Gloucester Two with Bredon Star, and they came unstuck against them last weekend.
They are second in the league below Bredon but they do have a game in hand. It should be tight right to the end of the season in that league.
I'm gutted for my mate Tony, but good luck Trevor
TONY Windo is one of my best friends so I was sad to see he would no longer be working as Gloucester’s scrum coach but it is good to see Trevor Woodman return.
Trevor will bring something different, he is a 2003 World Cup winner and has vast experience in the scrum.
Tony is director of rugby at Bromsgrove School and has full-time responsibilities and I know he wouldn’t want to jeopardise that.
Sometimes tough decisions are made in professional rugby based on career paths and obligations as much as they are based on skills as a coach.
Tony has been up against it this season with personnel and it has been tough up front for Gloucester. But he has done a very good job under difficult circumstances and has done it with dignity and pride you would expect from a former Gloucester player.
Trevor is already in the area working part-time for Cheltenham College so will be able to dedicate the time required to the role.
The professional game moves on very quickly, tough decisions are made and this is one of them.