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."
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).