Gloucester Rugby host Benetton on Friday night in Round 2 of the European Challenge Cup. Ahead of the fixture, Jordy Reid previewed the game and how things are going within the squad.
On playing at Kingsholm
“I’m absolutely buzzing. I haven’t had much experience of playing in front of a full Kingsholm yet. I got a taste of it against Bristol and obviously when I was sitting in the stands, I got to feel the vibe and the buzz but to start the game is something I’m really looking forward to.”
On the Lyon performance
“As a squad we take a lot of confidence from that. To see a lot of the guys take their opportunities against Lyon who are going really well in the Top 14, I think they put it to them and we had a chance right at the death there to win the four points.
“That’s led into our prep this week. We do need to get a win though to get a bit of a position in the Challenge Cup and it’s a big challenge for us to back up the work they put in last week.”
On competition for places
“It’s awesome. It’s what any squad wants and every coach loves having that sort of headache when they are struggling to pick a position because everyone is putting their hand up. It pushes you at training and we all learn off each other which I think is great.
“To see a lot of the young guys playing well, Clem (Jack Clement) has been unbelievable, Freddie Thomas and Harry Taylor have taken their opportunities when they’ve come and it’s really about developing good competition in training.”
On performances this season
“It’s always easier when you’re winning. Everyone’s a bit happier on the Monday! It’s great to see our hard work paying off. I think last year we had a couple of close losses at the death where if things had gone our way maybe we could have got on a bit of a roll. That’s rugby. You get a few wins and then the bounce of the ball goes your way and you get a bit of confidence and a lot of belief in what you’re doing.
“We’re not even in the new year yet so there’s a long way to go and there’s a lot of work to go in.”
On the Gloucester Rugby fans
“I got a taste of it against Bristol and that run in front of the Shed. I haven’t done anything like that before! That was unbelievable and was something that really got me up for the game so to do that and then get straight out onto the pitch is something that I’m really looking forward to.”
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