Rob Thirlby scored for Gloucester's A team last night
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GLOUCESTER Academy's assistant coach Mark Cornwell was full of praise for his side's effort last night despite a heavy defeat against Wasps.
The Kingsholm club lost 52-12 but Cornwell insisted his side had worked exceptionally hard and had tries from Rob Thirlby and Luke Narraway to show for their efforts.
"We fronted up throughout," Cornwell said. "We worked very, very hard but our worry was that Wasps' strength may tell in the final 10 or 15 minutes and that is exactly what happened.
"They scored three tries in that period but there were positives from our performance. Mark Davies (stand-off) had an outstanding game - he played very, very well. Jack Adams carried ball and so did Adam Balding.
"Narraway stood up out of position in the second row so there is encouragement in certain areas."
Mark Davies is the brother of outside half Brad, who kicked the equalising penalty against Leicester on Saturday.
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Following the recent announcement that XBlades were to become the club's new kit and leisurewear partner, Gloucester Rugby can today (Tuesday 30 June) confirm the opening of a new retail unit, based at Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, as well as the launch of a brand new online shop.