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Bell: “We knew how good Simpson was from preparing against him at Wasps.”

Gloucester’s defence coach Jonny Bell heaped praise on scrum-half Joe Simpson’s ability following his brace against former club Wasps on Saturday.

Bell insisted lining up to face the former Wasps number nine gave his team an idea of what he was capable of.

“We knew how good a player Joe Simpson is from having to coach against him for a number of years,” Bell said.

“He has fitted in seamlessly and he was really up for it today as he wanted to be on the right side of the scoreline.”

🏅 Top of the Premiership attacking points table so far this season:
🥇 Jonny Hill (Exeter): 54
🥈 Ben Earl (Saracens): 53
🥉 Joe Simpson (Gloucester): 51#HenryAI #StatAttack #GallagherPrem pic.twitter.com/rWeIDKa5fr— Henry (@rugbymaghenry) October 27, 2019

Both Simpson and Tom Marshall registered two tries in Saturday’s 25-9 bonus point win which keeps Gloucester unbeaten start alive, after a narrow win over Sale Sharks last week.

“Their yellow card released the pressure on us, but in these conditions we would have been happy if we’d won 6-0,” Bell said after the win at Kingsholm.

“It was pretty difficult circumstances and conditions to play in, I thought the boys acquitted themselves brilliantly.

“Credit to the forwards for the platform they delivered and credit to the backs for their finishing skills.

“In these kinds of conditions it’s about managing the game and playing in the right parts of the pitch and I thought we did that really well.

“So to get a bonus point was a real credit to the boys as they were clinical in taking their opportunities.”  

Gloucester are now second in the table and will face Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Saturday.

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