Gloucester Rugby host Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm on Saturday in Round 2 of the Premiership Rugby Cup. Ahead of the fixture, George Skivington talked about the win over Bath last time out and looked ahead to another West Country derby.
On the Bath victory
“You have to take it for what it is and pick it apart. There was a bit of context around it with the balance of the teams and overall I was pretty pleased with it. The young guys who started were really on point with their roles and the players on the bench were great when they came on. That was a real positive and the boys stayed on task for the whole game.
“The biggest positive was that the boys came in on Monday and were picking it apart and saying that they could have been better. That’s a real sign of positive growth as they weren’t overly positive thinking that it was a great job done, we thought we could have done a little bit better.”
On staying composed
“Often when someone does get a 30-point lead early on, the game drifts off a little bit and everyone wants to get on the scoreboard. Apart from the young lads doing so well, that was probably the most pleasing bit. The boys stuck to the plan, even right at the end when there were 70 points on the scoreboard.”
On the success of the maul
“We got six tries off the maul against Bath, which is obviously a lot. We’ve been going well with that all year and the boys have been working really hard at it. I don’t think we’ll get that many tries too often in a game of rugby! It was really pleasing because when a couple of senior lads came off, the young lads came in and slipped straight into the systems. They knew their roles and a good example is Jack Clement who got two tries off the back of it.
“The fact that we’re starting to get people in positions where they can step in, young or senior, and replace each other is a real positive.”
On the fans enjoying the maul
“I think the noise that goes around Kingsholm when a maul try gets scored is pretty special and the boys talk about it and are thriving off it. It’s something we wanted to get excited about and something we wanted to deliver on. That area of the game is going really well for us.”
On facing Exeter Chiefs
“It’s really hard in this Cup to know what kind of team you’re going to come up against. Exeter may come fully loaded, they may have a mixture of senior and young. It’s very tricky this year because there are rest weeks so every team has a slightly different challenge as to how they manage their squad through this period.
“They lost last week so I expect them to be on it. They came here and beat us last time so they’ll be pretty confident about coming here. The thing with Exeter is that it doesn’t really matter what team they put out. We’ve said this numerous times when we talk about Exeter, they’ve got two or three players in every position who can do the roles and they all seem to fulfil the system and most times they win. It doesn’t really matter who they pick. We know the systems that they run and it’s how we stop it that’s the challenge.
“The boys are excited, and they’ve trained really hard. What team Exeter send isn’t the concern. The focus is on what we can do.”
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