Gloucester Rugby travel to Sandy Park on Saturday to face Exeter Chiefs in the Gallagher Premiership. Ahead of the fixture, Head Coach George Skivington reflected on our win over London Irish and looked ahead to the trip to Devon.
On London Irish
“It was two teams in good form and it was a good head to head on a Friday night. I thought the lads managed their way through it really well. London Irish posed a lot of threats as they have through the whole season so to keep them to one score was a real positive because they’ve scored a lot of tries over the last six weeks and we knew that they would be a massive challenge. It was a hard-fought game, very physical and very challenging but it was good to come out on the right side of it.”
On our strong defence
“We had that first 10 minutes when London Irish managed to camp in our 22 and we held them out. The most pleasing part was that the first time we got into their 22, we scored a couple of minutes later.
“I thought our resilience in defence and then our clinical side of it once we got an opportunity to strike was very pleasing.”
On Gloucester Rugby’s internationals
“We’ve got lots of lads representing international teams which is great and we want that. I think we’ve got lads who will push through in the next few seasons. It’s great to see them out there doing their thing and hopefully Aki and a few others will get a chance this coming weekend.
“The boys who are here currently are working really hard and you want them to push through and make new connections and combinations that work well together. That means that when the international guys come back, we’ll be even stronger.”
On Exeter Chiefs
“It’s really exciting to go down there. We’ve been on the road a few times and the boys have been extremely focused. You go to Exeter and you know the challenge that they pose. We’ll work hard and do our best.”