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.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.
Having named an unchanged starting XV for the past three Aviva Premiership games, Gloucester Rugby ring the changes and retain only five players for Thursday's visit of Stade Rochelais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 7:45pm).