Selection must be spot-on this time
SELECTION for Gloucester's trip to Bath on Friday night is now the most interesting of the season.
With Nigel Davies having played virtually every player he has in the last two games, he now has to get his picks right for the Rec, where there can be no experimentation.
Given the side he picked against Munster, you have to assume the Gloucester boss was prioritising this Premiership West Country derby.
You cannot underestimate the galvanising effect a win against Bath can have on Gloucester's up-and-down season thus far.
I wouldn't like to be in Davies' shoes. The grit of the performance against Munster, particularly the way the scrum performed, makes it very difficult to leave a lot of those players out.
But at the same time the Cherry and Whites beat Perpignan and lost at Thomond Park. What Davies needs to do is strike the right balance in the players he chooses.
He was probably wanting to sort out a few selection headaches ahead of the Bath trip, but he's actually only managed to give himself more difficult choices to make.
Like all of Gloucester's games this season, it comes down to a platform. The backline is a dangerous one, but it needs quick, front-foot ball to thrive.