Gloucester Rugby host Bristol Bears on Friday night in Round 10 of the Gallagher Premiership. It’s set to be a fierce encounter at Kingsholm and George Skivington is looking forward to the challenge.
On Wasps win
“I’m really pleased with the result and the outcome of the game in regards to the points. Obviously the last 15 minutes is something that we’ve had a lot of conversations around. For 65 minutes we were pretty good and the boys were very honest about it and I think it’s a good growth for us. It’s good learning that when you get that far ahead, how you’ve got to deal with the game. It’s not about solving issues single handily, it’s about sticking to the task on hand.”
On lessons to learn from the game
“It’s a real growth within the group. I think their expectations and what they expect and demand from each other has really grown and that’s a real strength. They came off and their first reaction was negative. Obviously you’ve got to always bear in mind that it was a great result and that’s something to enjoy and be proud of in the moment but I’m pleased with the boys and I’m pleased with how they’ve come in this week and they’ve discussed things and addressed things.
“We’re always learning as a group and we’ve made some good progress but there’s loads more to come which is the real positive.”
On Bristol Bears
“We’re looking forward to coming to Kingsholm and getting everyone in. Friday nights are great fun and I’m really looking forward to it.
“Bristol pose a massive challenge and they play some seriously exciting rugby. Pat (Lam) is a quality coach and the systems that he’s got in place have been proven to work time and time again. They are a threat from everywhere on the field. Combine that with a really strong set piece, they are very very dangerous. We’re fully respectful of what’s coming and what Bristol are capable of but ultimately we’re looking forward to coming back to Kingsholm and hopefully having a good day here.”
On the competitive Gallagher Premiership
“I fully expect Bristol to go on a run and win games and end up back at the top of the table by the end of the season which is when it counts ultimately. I’ve spoken to Pat numerous times about rugby and he’s got my full respect. He knows the game inside out and he knows how to build a team and a culture. We know how dangerous they are. We’ve watched a lot of them as a coaching group and have shown the players what we think they need to see. Anyone can beat anyone is this league and that’s what makes it a great competition. It makes it exciting and that’s what makes us who live and breath it and watch the other games because it is so exciting to watch. It’s a really exciting time to be in the Premiership.”
On fans being our 16th man
“The noise that the crowd here can make when Gloucester is in full flow is outstanding. I’ve never seen anything like it and we hope it gets better and better. We hope to deliver something that the fans are proud of as we go along. We’re really looking forward to it. “
Tickets for our Friday night derby against Bristol are available here.