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.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.