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Monday, September 07, 2009

Nicky Robinson caps a great debut with a try against Bath

The Guinness Premiership got underway in England yesterday, with Gloucester producing a clinical display in their West Country derby to beat Bath 24-5.

Welsh flyhalf Nicky Robinson was outstanding on the day as he looks to be one of the smartest signings yet in the Premiership juggling of players that’s gone on.

It was a league debut that he capped with a late breakaway try, fittingly for the player who was the star performer of the day, scoring 14 points in total.
"Nicky has got a reputation for being a calm and tactically aware player. He has been unlucky with Wales.
"I thought he controlled the game well. On a percentage basis, I thought he was outstanding,” said Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath.

The 27 year old moved across from Cardiff Blues, and after yesterday’s performance, gained the respect and admiration of the Shed-Heads with his master-class showing.

James Simpson-Daniel also gave the locals something to cheer about, as he scored two tries against Bath, who had a troubled off season that was shrouded in controversy.

Time: 01:28



  • Bath will struggle this year. They looked awful.

    Will this be Sinbad's year? let's hope so.

    Am I first?

    By Blogger Kerivoula, at September 07, 2009 11:04 am  

  • "neighbours from hell" xD

    good to seem him starting so well! he's such a great talent!

    By Anonymous opfazonk, at September 07, 2009 11:58 am  

  • from watching this game i would say gloucster have got potentially a title winning team, but i havnt watched all the teasm play yet

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 07, 2009 12:28 pm  

  • how weak is the guiness prem? if glou have a gd team - and they got beaten by Ospreys seconds and only just beat connacht.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 07, 2009 2:04 pm  

  • Pre-season friendlies mean nothing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 07, 2009 2:07 pm  

  • brilliant try ....my arse, Robinson'e grandmother could have scored the same try, it was a simple intercept FFS!

    Blinking showpony, he is!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 07, 2009 2:08 pm  

  • Nicky Robinson is not a showpony. He had his best season at Cardiff last year and comes to Gloucester in good form. He's improved with age and was a key player in a very good Cardiff side last year, a good signing therefore and a good first performance of the season for him. It may be a simple try but he still had to intercept and score. He made a nice long pass for JSD's first try as well.

    By Anonymous John F, at September 07, 2009 2:14 pm  

  • Sam norton knight was a joke for the blues, their gonna miss robinson this season

    By Anonymous WelshOsprey, at September 07, 2009 2:15 pm  

  • Calling Robinson a showpony lol. Someone's only just started following rugby this morning obviously.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 07, 2009 2:18 pm  

  • Robinson a showpony is a joke. Like said he has has a rough time getting into the Welsh squad but on his day he can change a game with his skill and tactics, will be missed by the Blue which can only be good for the Scarlets

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 07, 2009 2:48 pm  

  • Why did bath get rid of Fuimaono-Sapolu, he was brilliant against us yesterday! Robinson is a good acquistion for gloucester whereas Davis looked completely out of his comfort zone for most of the game.

    On a more positive note once Olly Barkley and Nicky Little get up and running i think we'll perform a lot better. Salvi also looked like a useful replacement for Lipman.

    By Anonymous Inside Shoulder, at September 07, 2009 3:05 pm  

  • Best fly half on his day for Wales, and that's saying something.
    After tormenting Gloucester last season for the Blues, looks like he's becoming a popular player in Gloucester!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 07, 2009 6:24 pm  

  • I went yesterday, stood in the shed in my cherry and white, looked on. What hit my is how well he controls the game line, good distribution, decent enough at tackling, with an eye for breaking up defences and offences. He only missed 1 kick yesterday as well. Very impressed with him, he played better against Bath than he did against Connaght.

    E.F.S was also very good, like Attwood, Strokosch and to an extent when Qera came on.

    Full highlights would be very much appreciated.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 07, 2009 7:53 pm  

  • wow he fairly streaked away up the pitch didn't he....

    By Anonymous doyler, at September 08, 2009 12:20 am  

  • wow - an intercept

    By Anonymous jamestheconvict, at September 08, 2009 6:24 am  

  • the most understated player in welsh rugby. Not saying he is international quality but a top class club player definatley.

    Not a show pony in anyway. Wish he had stayed at the Blues.

    Whats a player supposed to do nowadays????

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 08, 2009 7:58 am  

  • That's a bit better than last season, at last a bit of composure! Looking forward to the the away leg when Barkley's back on his feet.

    Ryan who? with a choice of Robinson or Spencer, I think 10 will be ok this year!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 08, 2009 2:01 pm  

  • Northampton FTW!! Awesome comeback against Worcester. Would be nice to get some clips from that match up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 08, 2009 4:42 pm  

  • jamestheconvict go back to your snorefest tri-nations.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 08, 2009 7:52 pm  

  • i want to ask a question.

    Who thinks James Simpson Daniel or Matthew Tait would start for the AllBlacks over Conrad Smith?????

    I understand that Conrad is a kiwi and James and Matt are English, but who thinks they're better.

    And if so why aren't they starting for England over the Boring Mike Tindall and Jamie Noon.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 08, 2009 9:24 pm  

  • ^ for the comment about over tait or JSD starting over conrad smith.

    I'd say no, Smith is brilliant at 13, tait and JSD can cover outside centre, but they're not natural players. Therefore, i can't consider them seeing they're not natural replacements.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 08, 2009 11:17 pm  

  • Pffft, conrad smith is ten times the player that Tait and simpson-daniel are.

    By Anonymous Jon, at September 09, 2009 1:51 am  

  • Pffft, conrad smith is ten times the player that Tait and simpson-daniel are.

    By Anonymous Jon, at September 09, 2009 1:51 am  

  • Pffft, conrad smith is ten times the player that Tait and simpson-daniel are.

    By Anonymous jamestheconvict, at September 09, 2009 4:57 am  

  • da iawn Nikki, should definatley be 3rd or even 2nd choice welsh fly-half his season if he continues in good form, always thought he and his brother were badly treated by wales, maybe we will appreciate them more now their playing abroad. he was even considered for Lions selection apparently and is certainly better tan most flyhalfs in he UK and better than Dan Biggar. Has to make the wales squad. gogrugbynut

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 09, 2009 8:54 am  

  • JSD, is best on the wing, Conrad hasn't got the pace for that position. But Conrad for centre. Tait, shouldn't play centre either.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 09, 2009 10:33 am  

  • Nevertheless Matthew Tait was very good at outside centre for England during the 2007 world cup in France and he has barely played since. Not weak defensively as people presume, Mortlock didn't get through him once, he may not knock them back but he is a solid tackler. How he has gone down in people's estimations whilst not being picked for England I will never understand! It seems that Sale has not been an oustanding move for him and through England's insistence on Tindall/Noon at 13 we may still not see him this season. Not a winger either in my opinion and we have Delon Armitage at full back. With Flutey's creativity (bar latest injury), I would like to see Tait given a run at 13 but we may never see that.

    Conrad Smith is a very good player but difficult to judge as Tait has had such a interrupted England career. Conrad Smith too for that matter has obviously not been a regular starter for the All Blacks in the past.

    By Anonymous John F, at September 10, 2009 9:20 pm  

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