Gloucester's Brad Davies believes that his Premiership experiences this season have helped him prepare for Saturday's key Premiership clash away at London Irish.
The 22 year-old stand-off looks likely to feature on Saturday with Duncan McRae still ruled out through injury, and Henry Paul missing with a knee injury picked up at last weekend's England Sevens duties.
Davies saw first team action for Gloucester during the Autumn, and has also been a match winner when he kicked a last minute winning drop goal against Bath in February.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com Davies said: "I've learned from those experiences in the Autumn. Everyone knows that the Premiership is a big step-up, but when you're involved in games against Wasps, Leicester and then Wasps again, like we did in the Autumn, you draw on that and learn from it.
"I believe I'm a better player for it, both physically and mentally, and now know what it takes. I've drawn on that in recent weeks, and I'll be taking that into Saturday's game."
Aussie McRae is targeting the Leeds clash on 9 April to be in contention after a number of weeks out injured, and Davies added:
"Duncan is a quality player, but Leeds is two weeks away, and everyone who is involved on Saturday is only looking at that game, that's what the focus is on.
"We want and need the win, and that's what is first and foremost in our minds as we've been preparing for the Irish game."
Commenting on Henry Paul's fitness director of rugby Nigel Melville said: "Henry has got medial ligament damage that has required a scan. We'll know more about the extent of the injury over the next few days. We've got to wait and see what the doctors say beyond this weekend."
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.
Lesley Vainikolo was a welcome visitor to Kingsholm this week, reminiscing as he wandered around the stadium. The big winger is back in Gloucester to take part in Sunday's Mitsubishi Motors UK Hybrid Cup (kick off 3pm).
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).