Gloucester Rugby travel to the Rec on Boxing Day for the West Country Derby and ahead of the fixture, George Skivington reviewed our opening rounds of the Challenge Cup and looked ahead to Bath.
On opening rounds of Challenge Cup
“I’m really pleased with where we are. Obviously the five points here last weekend were great but what was even more impressive was getting the losing bonus point away in Lyon.
“Obviously we were disappointed at the time but then you actually reflect on it, some of the young guys who stepped up in that game, that would have been the biggest game on their careers by a long shot in a side with a lot of French internationals. I thought they stood up and worked hard and made it a real dogfight and I was really proud of that.
“The position we are in in the group is alright, we’ve got a decent amount of points, but the biggest positive from Europe is to see the growth and the fight in those young lads when they are representing Gloucester Rugby.”
On returning to the Premiership
“It’s good to get back into the Premiership. It’s a local derby so that’s great and I know how important that is to the supporters. For us, it’s just another week to focus on what we are doing. We want to keep building our game. We haven’t been too concerned by what competition we’re in or who we are playing so far this year. We’ve been very focused on getting our processes right, pushing our game on and developing, getting better all the time and I think for the most part, we’ve done that pretty well.”
On selection headaches
“The best thing about this week is coming back in with headaches around selection and who’s going to play. There are lots of young guys who are making the job really difficult and we’re blessed in a couple of positions where the guys are really pushing each other hard. It’s an exciting week and exciting to be back in the Premiership.”
On Christmas and covid
“We’ll have Christmas Day off and everyone will spend time with their families but we’ve been very regimented this week around covid. Our days are a lot shorter and we’re basically in and out and there isn’t much quality time spent together that you’d hope for in a normal week but it’s all about the rugby. The boys are very focused on getting ready for the game so we haven’t had too much disruption to that, we’ve just got an extra day off before the game.”
On West Country Derby
“If there was one game that Bath would want to win, it would be us at their place. We know that and we know that they will be extremely fired up. It’ll be good to get there in front of a full crowd and just enjoy a good game of rugby on Boxing Day.”