Gloucester Rugby host Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday as the Cherry and Whites continue their pre-season campaign.
Head Coach, George Skivington, is looking forward to the fixture and spoke about the upcoming game, the return of fans and using the new surface at the stadium.
Last weekend’s match
“We took a lot away from last weekend. Obviously, two different teams played two different halves and the two halves played out very differently. The second half there was a lot more set piece compared to the first half where there was a lot more running around.
“We took some good things away from the game and we’ve looked at a few areas where we weren’t quite as sharp as we’d like to be and we intend on getting better in those areas this week.”
Using pre-season to get up to speed
“The reality of the pre-season games is that you want to try out a few bits that you’ve been working on but we also expect there to be mistakes and a bit of clumsiness. That’s why we play them at the end of the day, try and get it out of our system.
“You train a lot in preseason together, every team ends up looking like a million dollars and you get out on the pitch and that’s when you find out what’s not quite connected.”
Why we play pre-season games
“There’s only so much training we can do against each other, where everyone knows each other. The boys have brought some great intensity to that but there’s nothing like an unknown getting thrown at you and I’m sure Ealing will mix it up a bit this week as well and give us a few more challenges which is exactly what we want.”
On fans returning
“It’s brilliant. It’s been a long time coming. The players were talking about it earlier and everyone’s just super excited. It’s hard to remember what it feels like to have more than a couple of thousand people here.”
On the new pitch and training in the city
“The guys are loving it. We’ve trained all week on it and it’s an unbelievable surface. It’s the best artificial surface I’ve seen by a long shot. The boys are absolutely loving it.
“It’s also very exciting to be training at Kingsholm. We all know how special it is here and we talked a lot about that in preseason. Once you’re out there training everyday, you can feel the history and almost feel the energy of having the supporters here when they aren’t even here yet. It’s exciting to have that day to day and then it’s exciting to get to the weekend and start getting people back out there screaming for us.”
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