Gloucester Rugby host Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm for Round 7 of the Gallagher Premiership on Friday night. Ahead of the fixture, George Skivington looked back on Newcastle, previewed Exeter and talked about the impact of fans.
On the open training session
"It was really good to get the fans in today and have the kids meet the players, get their autographs and feel the energy. It was a different dynamic for the players because we’re used to Kingsholm either being empty or it being rammed. So it was a different challenge for the lads to have fans in but it was a great day and it was great to see everyone smiling and enjoying themselves."
On Newcastle Falcons
"We’re always going to pick ourselves apart because we’re very critical as a group. Newcastle are a really good team and they’re going to beat a lot of good teams. They are gritty and they make a game really hard work and they certainly did that for us. There was an iffy part around the second half when they got back in the game but the boys came out of it and found a way to win the game. It was a typical Premiership game where momentum swung both ways, it was pretty tight but we did enough to win.
On Exeter Chiefs
"They are definitely a massive threat. Losing last week to London Irish, that will sharpen their tools as well. I don’t think they needed them sharpening because I think they are an unbelievable outfit and they are the benchmark for building a club. They’ve done a great job and they’ve got the trophies off the back of it and countless finals and experience. They’ve been there and done it for the past 10 years in Premiership Rugby which is outstanding. They know how to win a game of rugby. They’ve got power up front and class and really good game management.
"A really big challenge for us and a really tough Friday night but it’s exciting because we get to find out where we are against one of the best teams in the league.
"They've built themselves up the right way, promoting youth and over the years they've layered on top of that. They're a classy outfit and for a club like us who are still building and trying to lay our foundations over the last 14 months, they're a real good example of how to do it."
On the fans
"We've had games on different days of the week and it's always something special on a Friday night. There's a bit of a chill in the air and the atmosphere. I'm really excited to see everyone here and really excited to get the buzz going again. The boys absolutely love it and they want to respect it completely and work as hard as they can for everyone that turns up."
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