Gloucester Rugby start their Premiership Rugby Cup campaign against Bath on Friday night at Kingsholm. Ahead of the fixture, head coach George Skivington previewed the game.
On the rest week
“We’ve had a good week to reflect. The boys have had a good week away and the coaches have had a lot of time just to go over the games and work out where we feel we’re at. We’re quite positive. There are a lot of good things that we’ve worked on over the last year that are starting to transfer into our game. There’s also plenty that we want to push on with. The fundamentals are pretty good for us, our kicking game, our set piece and our defence, we want to push those areas on but also maximise some of the talent we’ve got from some of our X-factor players.”
On building progression
“We’ve worked really hard on fundamentals for a long time, I don’t think you can win games of rugby without those, but there’s been lots of improvement and that’s the exciting thing for us, we can really push our game on. It won’t happen overnight, but we’ve started pushing bits on already and the players are really excited by it.
“It was a good week of reflection and we’re positive, but it is my job to see where we can get better.”
On using the break effectively
“We needed the week off. Those last two games were two short turnarounds, so we lost a couple of days training. It’s pretty tough for the boys to front up on short weeks but they did a great job and I thought they were warriors. I think it was a good week for us to step back and recover and mentally step away from it a little bit.”
On the Premiership Rugby Cup
“We now go into two Prem Cup games which we’re really excited about and we’ve just got to be smart about how we manage people and give some people some game time but also keep the lads who need to be playing rugby ticking along. There’s a bit of management in there but we’re pretty confident with what we’re going to do over the next couple of weeks.
“The players are really excited to get back in and have a crack at a different tournament.”
On facing Bath
“I’m expecting them to come really hard. Gloucester vs Bath derbies, I know how much they mean around here and how feisty they are which I love. I fully expect them to be working really hard. I don’t think form up until this point will matter on Friday night. I think it will just be two teams tearing into each other so it should be a good spectacle for everyone that comes.”
Tickets for our West Country derby are still available here.