Gloucester must convert close games

Date published: January 2 2015

Gloucester head coach Laurie Fisher has called on his side to start converting narrow losses into victories this season.

The Cherry and Whites are only ninth in the league after 11 matches, despite remodelling their coaching staff, now headed by former Ulster director of rugby David Humphreys, and investing a significant amount in their playing squad by signing the likes of John Afoa, Richard Hibbard, Greig Laidlaw and James Hook.

Expectations with those arrivals naturally rose but so far Gloucester haven’t been able to consistently challenge in the league.

Fisher, who joined from the Brumbies this season, outlined the number of areas where Gloucester have to improve ahead of facing Exeter this weekend.

“We are obviously disappointed with where we are in the table,” said Fisher.

“It has come about because of our inability to close out close games. That’s our challenge in the second half of the season, to turn those close games into wins.

“We finished the game strongly against them (Exeter) at home earlier in the season and had a real opportunity to close that game out, which we didn’t take.

“Our major concern is about ourselves, so we haven’t made too much of the fact that they’ve lost their last two games. Except that they are probably hungry for a win at home.

“We need to be disciplined, to get on the right side of the referee, to make sure all those things are in place. We have to ensure that we’re squeaky clean in everything we do.”