Another September, another fresh start for Premiership Rugby. The first fixture of the year pits defending Champions Exeter against Gloucester. What are the odds of last season’s 9 seed sneaking out with a win?
Gloucester – +4.5 (10/11)
Exeter – -4.5 (10/11)
Gloucester – (6/4)
Exeter – (8/15)
Gloucester – +4 (10/11)
Exeter – -4 (10/11)
Tie – -4 (16/1)
Gloucester – (13/8)
Exeter – (8/15)
Tie – (20/1)
Coming into the 2017/2018 season, Gloucester doesn’t necessarily look as bad as their previous season suggests. They finished 5th in scoring and 4th in Tries for. Leading the offensive charge is The Scotsman Centre Matthew Scott with 9 tries, as well as 9 from the English winger Charlie Sharples.
Where they stand to improve is keeping other squads from putting up points. They allowed a disappointing 537 points, 61 Tries, and finished with a -4 point difference. If they can tighten up their tackling they would get real value out of their strong offense.
Of course, they face the tough task of going up against the reigning champions Exeter Chiefs, who didn’t do too shabby finishing the season in the second table spot.
The Chiefs exited the season with only 4 losses, scoring 86 tries for 667 points. They boast three huge offensive weapons in James Short, Ollie Woodburn, and Thomas Waldrom, all planting the ball in the end zone over 10 times each.
There isn’t much room for error for the Gloucester club, as The Chiefs had a +214 point difference. It’s a tall task trying to score on The Chiefs.
Gloucester 17 – 34 Exeter Chiefs
Gloucester is playing with some strong men around the pitch, but they still feel like a bit of a project trying to climb out of the bottom of the table. They should definitely finish better than 9th this season, but playing a squad as air-tight as The Chiefs is a good way to start off on the wrong foot.Bet Now!