Vickery Up For ‘must Win Game’
31 October 2002
Gloucester Captain, Phil Vickery, has identified this weekend’s Zurich Premiership clash against Northampton Saints as a must win game.
After being reduced to fourteen men for almost the entire game and then succumbing to their first loss of the season last weekend to London Wasps the British Lion is acutely aware that nothing but the teams very best will do to stop one loss becoming two.
"This weekend is a new game for us, a massive game and a game that we must win. We have a chance to get back on track against another big team but we know that we will have to play better than we did last week if we are to get anything out of the game", admitted Vickery.
The stakes are raised even higher this week as it will be the last rubber before the Autumn international series starts and a large proportion of the Gloucester squad could be called up to represent their respective countries.
Vickery himself is almost a certainty for a starting place against the touring All Blacks whilst teammates Trevor Woodman, Andy Gomarsall, James Forrester, James Simpson-Daniel and Marcel Garvey could also be in the reckoning.
With this in mind Vickery is adamant that the Cherry and Whites have to secure another victory while they are at full strength.
"All the games are coming thick and fast now and it is important for us to get another win under our belts, particularly with the Autumn internationals coming up and the potential for quite a few of the Gloucester team to be away with their respective countries".
"The Club are entering a tough time, with a number of tough games coming up, so we need to win this game, if we don’t it will be a massive blow to us, particularly at home", says the hulking prop.
Northampton Saints are traditional rugby club with a massive set of forwards and will represent another huge challenge to Gloucester’s magnificent home record. Kingsholm has been a happy hunting ground for the Saints who have won two out of their last three fixtures here. Vickery though is confident that his Gloucester squad will bounce back from last weekend’s set back.
‘We knew we had to up the ante in training this week, we feel that we didn’t play that well last weekend, we made some basic mistakes and we were disappointed with some aspects of our play. Training though has gone well; everyone has put in 100% effort and is very focused on what we need to do this weekend’, explains Vickery.
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