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.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).