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."
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
21 year old number eight Lewis Ludlow formed part of a physical back row effort in the 23-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup over Zebre on Saturday. Speaking to GRTV after the game, he spoke of making the most of his chances and being happy to contribute to the Gloucester win.
Gloucester United kick off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Monday evening (kick off 7pm) and have named a side which features lots of first team experience.