Despite an indifferent season last year, Gloucester have been near to Premiership trophies in the past: featuring in finals in 2003 and 2007 and finishing top of the league on three separate occasions. We look at their successes over the years since the inception of the Premiership.
Biggest win: 68 – 12 against Bath at Kingsholm back in May 2002. In an unforgettable afternoon for the Cherry and Whites, Gloucester scored nine tries to two, including scores from Patrice Collazo, Terry Fanolua (2), Junior Paramore, Henry Paul (at fullback), Robert Todd and a hat-trick for James Simpson-Daniel.
This was not against a Bath team lacking in quality; in their pack they had Mark Regan, Steve Borthwick, Danny Grewcock and Dan Lyle and then-youngsters Olly Barkley and Tom Voyce in the back division.
Most tries: Gloucester scored ten tries in their second biggest ever win: a 68 – 17 thrashing of Sale Sharks in May 2011. On that day The Shed witnessed Henry Trinder get a brace, Charlie Sharples a well-earned hat-trick and a further five tries.
Most penalty goals: Gloucester have twice score nine penalties in one match: a 27-23 win over Harlequins in September 2000 and a 39 – 27 against Newcastle last October. Fly-half Simon Mannix scored all nine during the former and Billy ’36’ Twelvetrees getting all nine penalties during the latter. Classy.
Most consecutive games without defeat: Gloucester’s greatest run of games without losing is ten, from 24th November against Leeds to 26 April 2003 against Harlequins.
Most consecutive games without a win: The club’s worst run of games was between 5th January 1999 against London Scottish and 7th May 1999 against Saracens – ten games in all.
Most wins in a season: The Cherry and Whites earnt themselves 17 wins during the 2002/03 season. Last season the side achieved only 10 wins in comparison. During the 2006/07 season when Dean Ryan coached a young Gloucester team to a Premiership final, they achieved 16 wins.
Most matches: Recently retired prop Nick Wood made 204 appearances in the Premiership for his club, starting 160 of them. Simpson-Daniel is in second place on 184 with 167 starts. Not bad for someone who was allegedly injury-prone, is it? Peter Buxton (182) and Andy Hazell (181) are in third and fourth.
Most individual tries: Sinbad scored a remarkable 63 tries in 184 appearances, so roughly one every three games. Charle Sharples is a distant second with 37 from 141 games. Terry Fanolua is in third with 35 from 152 and Jonny May fourth with 34 from 82. Lethal!
Most points in a season: Ludovic Mercier, a Gloucester stalwart but apparently never quite good enough to play for France, scored 334 points during the 2001/02 season, including 2 tries, 48 conversions, 64 penalties and 12 drop-goals. Simon Mannix is in second on 285 and Mark Mapletoft on 275.
Most points in a match: Billy Twelvetrees set a new Gloucester record last season by scoring 29 points against Newcastle in October. He scored a conversion and 9 penalties to take him above Simon Mannix’s previous benchmark of 28 against Northampton in May 1999.
Highest percentage of matches won: Thinus Delport won 18 of the 25 matches he featured in for the club, putting his percentage at 76%. Robert Todd has a fantastic record of having won 43 games from 60 (72.5%) and fly-half Ryan Lamb won 38 of his 58 appearances for the club (66.37%).
Local derby statistic: James Simpson-Daniel scored 13 tries across 19 games against Bath over a ten year period. Additionally, he won 78.53% of those matches. Legendary.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena
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