Gloucester 39 Wasps 10: Trinder”s upping the pressure on Tindall
Mike Tindall received another warning last night that he will have to fight for his Gloucester place after his side recorded their biggest Aviva Premiership win of the season.
The centre, who looks set to miss out on a spot in a revamped England squad which interim coach Stuart Lancaster will announce on January 11, is under fierce pressure from Henry Trinder.
The 22-year-old scored one of Gloucester’s six tries against an injury-hit Wasps and head coach Bryan Redpath said he had opted for Trinder before Tindall went down with a virus. But the illness did not stop the 33-year-old see what he is up against, as he watched from the sidelines.
Delight: Jonny May celebrates a try during the win over Wasps
Redpath said: ‘Mike will have to train and fight for his place like anyone else. Henry will not be playing every single game, but he has given a performance that has put pressure on Mike.’
Redpath has yet to make a decision on offering Tindall a new contract for next season, but he stressed he had no issues with the England centre and that he remained a ‘great player and a good bloke’.
Trinder is among a group of emerging Gloucester talent threatening to lift the club into a Premiership play-off place. Another is the versatile Jonny May, who showed his pace and agility by scoring two tries in the first half.
May struck after England contender Luke Narraway, the No 8, had touched down first in the sixth minute.
Battering ram: Luke Narraway is tackled by Joe Simpson and Joe Burton
Gloucester scored three more tries in eight minutes after the break, starting in the 50th minute when Trinder beat Joe Simpson to the touchdown. Full back Olly Morgan grabbed the last two tries.
Wasps’ director of rugby Dai Young made no excuses despite his side’s injuries. ‘In every department they were better than us and we did not help ourselves either,’ he said.