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."
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.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.