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Monday, September 07, 2009

Nicky Robinson caps a great debut with a try against Bath

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 thats 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 yesterdays 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

Posted by Rugbydump at 10:24 am | View Comments (27)

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Kerivoula September 07, 2009 9:04 am

Bath will struggle this year. They looked awful.

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

Am I first?

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opfazonk September 07, 2009 9:58 am

"neighbours from hell" xD

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

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Anonymous September 07, 2009 10:28 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

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Anonymous September 07, 2009 12:04 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.

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Anonymous September 07, 2009 12:07 pm

Pre-season friendlies mean nothing.

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Anonymous September 07, 2009 12:08 pm

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

Blinking showpony, he is!

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John F September 07, 2009 12:14 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.

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WelshOsprey September 07, 2009 12:15 pm

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

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Anonymous September 07, 2009 12:18 pm

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

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Anonymous September 07, 2009 12:48 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

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Inside Shoulder September 07, 2009 1:05 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.

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Anonymous September 07, 2009 4:24 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!

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Anonymous September 07, 2009 5:53 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.

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doyler September 07, 2009 10:20 pm

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

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jamestheconvict September 08, 2009 4:24 am

wow - an intercept

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 5:58 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????

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 12:01 pm

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!

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 2:42 pm

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

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 5:52 pm

jamestheconvict go back to your snorefest tri-nations.

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Anonymous September 08, 2009 7:24 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.


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Anonymous September 08, 2009 9:17 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.


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Jon September 08, 2009 11:51 pm

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

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Jon September 08, 2009 11:51 pm

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

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jamestheconvict September 09, 2009 2:57 am

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

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Anonymous September 09, 2009 6:54 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

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Anonymous September 09, 2009 8:33 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.

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John F September 10, 2009 7:20 pm

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.

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