Bell calm despite recent successes

19 December 2017 20:16:22 GMTPlus10

Gloucester coach Jonny Bell is not getting carried away with recent results, despite his side being handily placed in the Aviva Premiership and the European Challenge Cup.

The Cherry and Whites have enjoyed a superb run since suffering an embarrassing 57-10 defeat to Sale Sharks back in September.

Johan Ackermann's men sit in second place in the Premiership, but Bell insists that the upcoming period is vital for the team.

"It's exciting and these next three weeks are massive, but we know we've got to work hard, get our heads down and not get too far ahead of ourselves because nothing's been won," he said.

"We're coming up to the halfway point in the league and are pushing and challenging, we just want to make sure we control what we can control."

Gloucester prepared for the upcoming Premiership matches by hammering Zebre 69-12, scoring 11 tries in a victory that boosted their European Challenge Cup qualification hopes.

Although they were very impressive in overcoming the Italians, Bell concedes that the domestic games will provide much tougher challenges.

He added: "As always there are things we have got to improve and we know in the weeks ahead, when we go back to Premiership rugby, there are going to be big tests.

"The fundamentals that we're trying to do and we did so well against Zebre aren't going to be just as easy against the likes of Wasps and Sale.

"The last couple of weeks have been about getting results and getting those five points in the pool stages."

Gloucester are 51.00 to win the Aviva Premiership Grand Final, with Bath 251.00 and the Exeter Chiefs 2.30.

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