Gloucester Rugby ran out 37-9 winners over Harlequins on Saturday to move a step closer to that all-important top six spot which will gain them Champions Cup qualification.
The Cherrie and Whites moved two points clear of Sale in seventh after the latters 35-30 defeat to fourth placed Newcastle Falcons on Friday night and will hope to extend that gap in the next round of fixtures.
Match Report – Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks https://t.co/r4YIvbs3as
The North East prevails this time around. Congrats @FalconsRugby.
— Sale Sharks (@SaleSharksRugby) April 13, 2018
Gloucester face a Bath side next in the West Country derby who have certainly underperformed this season as they sit eighth, 10 points off the top six following their 41-6 defeat to Saracens on Saturday. Based on current form you would have to give the advantage to Gloucester with it being at Kingsholm and given they managed to beat Bath in the reverse fixture 22-21 but no derby is an easy one and they will have to be on high alert.
Full Time | The whistle blows here at Allianz Park and Sarriesclaim an impressive 41-6 victory over Bath Rugby. Match report and reaction to follow! pic.twitter.com/fQbcgrR6e7
— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) April 15, 2018
Despite it being a derby, you would have to say Sale have the larger hurdle to overcome as they face Premiership leaders Exeter away at Sandy Park. They face an Exeter side that haven’t been beaten in their last seven outings so it will be a big ask for Sale to overhaul them and with that could confirm Gloucester’s place in the top six.
Flying into the new week like… pic.twitter.com/aw0ydbaulp
— Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) April 16, 2018
Gloucester will hope they can outdo Bath in more comfortable fashion than last time out as they had to rely on Lock Ed Slater who bundled over five minutes into added time to win the game.
Either way it has to be seen as Gloucester’s to lose with Sale clearly having a mountain to climb after the weekend’s results.