Gloucester Rugby travel to Newport to take on the Dragons in the final pool game of the Challenge Cup on Saturday. Ahead of the fixture, Head Coach George Skivington has called for more accuracy from his side.
On Wasps loss
“We looked rusty. We obviously hadn’t played in three weeks, and I thought that showed. All of the stats that we measure ourselves on aligned with that.
“We had a lot of pressure in the first half in their 22 and I think we could have capitalised a little bit more on that. There were a few moments in the game where a little bit more accuracy could have won it.
“We weren’t at our best and we were rusty and when we break it down, there are areas that we could have done a lot better. There are a good few lessons for me and the coaches and we’re working hard to manage those situations better.”
On returning to the Challenge Cup
“The lads are very disappointed about the result. To be able to get into a different game is great.
“I love European competitions and I love the diversity of it and the excitement of going to new places. I haven’t been to Newport in about 15 years. It’s great and you get a different experience and a different crowd, against different players that you don’t play against week in week out.
“It’s exciting for everybody. We’ve got our rustiness out of the way and now we need to focus on being more accurate.”
On the Dragons
“They’ve obviously got a good number of internationals coming back into the squad after the Six Nations who haven’t played for them much this season. They’ll be strong and both teams have got something that they want to get out of this game and momentum will be key for both.
“I expect it to be a very physical day and a very tough day. It’s a different challenge for us and it’s one we’ll embrace.
“We don’t know when we’ll play Newport again. It’s one of those where you want to leave your mark and you want to progress and roll into whatever competition it is putting your best foot forward.”