And he feels that the recent encounter between the two teams will give Irish all the motivation they need to fight back this evening.
"We played some good stuff in the LV= Cup game, I thought the first half was outstanding. We moved the ball around really well, our defence was good."
"Saying that, a team as good as London Irish won't accept the fact that they had 40 points put on them on a regular basis so I would imagine that they'll be very motivated coming down to Kingsholm on Friday night and be looking to put in a good performance."
"But we're focussed on what we're trying to do. We realise the challenge of it and we'll be going out there to give 100%."
Was it a case of Gloucester playing particularly well or Irish being below par that evening?
"I'd like to think that played well. We don't try to focus too much on how well or how badly they play. I think we've done that in the past but, as we move forward and progress, we can focus a lot more on what we can offer and how we play the game."
"I think two weeks ago we imposed how we want to play and that any team would have struggled with us in the first 20 or 30 minutes of that game."
Both teams still had LV= Cup qualification to play for a fortnight ago so there was plenty riding on the fixture but James feels that the intensity of the Premiership will result in a different type of game and that the visitors have the personnel to do well.
"It's a big challenge, it's a Premiership game which is a slightly different atmosphere so it will be a hard game."
"They've got some good ball carriers, they've got a good lineout and they've got a good front five. They're a pretty well rounded team."
"I think two weeks ago Browny (Alex Brown) managed to do a good job on their lineout and that gave us a bit of a leg up into the game. It's a case of just trying to nullify their base game as it is with any quality team."
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