Adventures of Sinbad: Dan was the man on a night for true flyers
James Simpson-Daniel's weekly column: The Adventures of Sinbad.
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TUESDAY night's exciting Fiji clash was a great game of rugby and end-to-end stuff with a couple of individuals playing out of position.
To pull out one name in particular, Dan Robson was excellent, which is brilliant for him because he's a young lad.
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He's playing in a very big position whether it's scrum-half or fly-half and has adapted and played a flyer against an international side at fly-half.
I don't know if that's his long-term aim and where the club see him, but equally it's a great thing to be able to do.
It gives the coaches a lot of options when you're going into a game and you know, especially with the way squad works with injury and people having to cover other positions, it's a great thing to have.
When you have someone who you can happily stick in there for the last ten minutes when you have an injury or you want to mix it up it's great.
Let's not get carried away though, I don't think Dan wants to be a fly-half as such, but he has done as well as he can.
The main thing is we're talking about him and whether he can be a fly-half, because there's that danger that he could play there after doing everything right.
I remember against Australia a few seasons ago it was a similar night with a midweek game and it was a great atmosphere.
It's always something different and unique and you see some of the other big name clubs do it like Munster, taking on an international side.
Leicester played the New Zealand Maoris on the same night and when you are going into areas that love rugby like Gloucester, Leicester and Munster the supporters will turn up.
PLEASING TO SEE DUO DO THEMSELVES JUSTICE
I THOUGHT Q (Akapusi Qera) was absolutely outstanding for Fiji against England at Twickenham on Saturday.
It’s very difficult to come out of a game when you’ve been beaten by 50 points with any credit but he did.
He was huge and carried so much ball, but then on the other side it was great for Charlie and I’m really happy for him that he got his two tries.
I texted him before the game and wished him luck.
I just said to him ‘try and do the simple things well and don’t try too hard’ because by his own admission in his previous game against France he perhaps over-tried a little bit.
It’s great to see that he learned from that and I thought he had a really good game, and it looks like he is going to be playing this week which is good because he did more than enough to hold his jersey.
If you can keep putting good performances together then you can’t be dropped or replaced and that is great for him.
LEARNING CURVE FOR YOUNGSTERS
IT WAS a classic example of a little bit of inexperience against the Ospreys last week after not being quite able to close out the game.
That’s not talking down to any of the young guys, of course, because it’s only recently that the Gloucester first team have been able to close out a match.
It’s a learning curve to do that and I think that was a classic example of a little bit of inexperience and not quite knowing how to close a game out.
But what a great effort the whole squad put in to go to Wales and nearly nick a win.
I’VE DABBLED in every sport so far and got it all wrong so I’m getting to the point where I might just starting doing heads or tails.
But I’m going to stick my neck out again and go on Grands Crus (above) to win the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.
It’s only about 3-1 at the minute but I’m desperate for anything after the poor run I’ve been on!