GLOUCESTER'S Dean Ryan has been named the Guinness Premiership head coach of the month for October.
Gloucester are the only unbeaten side remaining in the Guinness Premiership and on Saturday beat Saracens 21-12 at Kingsholm.
Tom Rees of Wasps was named the player of the month.
When presented with the award, Ryan said: "I am delighted to receive the Guinness Premiership award. We have built some momentum in the Guinness Premiership and our aim is to continue that to the best of our ability.
"Our win against Worcester in October was down to the team who showed tremendous resolve and maturity to earn a victory in what was undoubtedly one of the toughest away games of the season."
The voting panel chairman, Sky's Miles Harrison, said: "Dean Ryan's young Gloucester team has continued to show much promise in the early part of this Guinness Premiership season. The winning performance at Worcester in October was the perfect illustration of how these young players are fast maturing.
"Dean has been right to point out that the side is a work in progress but the voting panel also felt it was right to reward the Gloucester boss for the work he has done in helping to develop this talented set of players."
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).