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 look to build upon the local derby win over Bath last weekend with Harlequins the visitors to Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm). Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a close game with the two teams well matched, although it may not be a 78 point thriller like the last time the two teams met.
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
After a disappointing opening weekend loss to their Scottish counterparts, England U20s will be eager to bounce back in Italy this evening, with Gloucester flyer Mat Protheroe set to pull the strings from fly half.
Gloucester Rugby make just the one change to the starting line up that won at Bath last Friday evening, flanker Matt Kvesic restored to the starting XV as the Cherry and Whites welcome Harlequins to Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3pm).
The Early Bird deadline for ticket purchases for the Aviva Premiership fixture against Harlequins on Saturday will expire at 6:30pm on Thursday evening, with tickets already limited for one area of Kingsholm.