Gloucester Rugby travel to Newcastle Falcons this weekend and ahead of the fixture George Skivington reviewed our European win against Perpignan and previewed the trip to Kingston Park.
On Perpignan win
“It was good and I was really happy with the game. I thought they had a massive pack and our forwards had some good challenging moments out there and some good tussles and I was pleased with the way that the boys came out of that.
“I thought our attacking game was brilliant. Alex King and Tim Taylor’s work there with all of the plays and the connecting of dots found us space and they’ve done a great job. I thought that was probably our best performance on that front. There were lots of touches for the key guys in the squad and there were some exciting tries.
“It was a really good performance and it puts us in a really good sport for the last 16.”
Returning to the Premiership
“We had the opportunity to have a rest a couple of weeks ago. It was a good hit out at the weekend and the scoreline was high but I thought Perpignan were physical and kept working hard for 80 minutes.
“We’re back in the Premiership and we’re focused on it. It’s going to be a really tough game up at Newcastle and we know that they are really gritty and it’s going to be hard work. It’ll be a hard challenge but it’s just about focusing in now and getting back to our systems. There were a few bits we weren’t happy with on the weekend and we’re trying to correct them this week.”
On the importance of a strong squad
“We lose a good few internationals and this is the period where your squad gets tested. You can’t predict who’s going to play over this period and lads will have to step in and do a job. We put a big focus on making sure everyone knows the plays and that they are ready as much as they can be.
“It’s a challenging few months in terms of selection but there are opportunities for people and you will no doubt see some different combinations and some new names and youngsters and that makes it exciting.”
On Newcastle Falcons
"Newcastle play some really tough rugby. They work extremely hard and are a tight unit and they are really gritty. They make things really hard and our record up there isn’t amazing so we know we’ve got to be well prepared and work as hard as we can to stay on task with our game and see where that takes us."