Gloucester Rugby travel to Wasps on Friday night and Ollie Thorley returns to the starting line up on the wing. We caught up with Ollie who previewed Gloucester Rugby's return to Gallagher Premiership action.
On Exeter victory
“It was great. I really enjoyed being back, particularly with Kingsholm popping after the Bath performance the week before. You could feel the energy about the place. To get over 9,000 people here for a Prem Cup game is wicked. It was great so thanks to all of the fans who turned up.”
On young players shining in Premiership Cup
“I think it’s great. A lot of those guys, the work that they’ve been doing has been in the background so you don’t necessarily see it out on the pitch. That was their first opportunity for a lot of them this year and they absolutely carved up and I thought it was awesome. You could see how much they enjoyed it and all of the hard work that the coaches and we’ve been doing with them translated onto the pitch.
“I particularly liked how, I look at it more from a back’s perspective, the young guys like Al Morgan, Jake Morris and Louis Hillman-Cooper slotted in. They understood the system and that is a real progression. Sometimes young players have got X-Factor but they don’t quite know how the system works and that takes time but the guys just slotted in and it was great. That meant that our execution was there. We scored 116 points which is not bad for two games!”
On returning internationals
“It’s been great to have those guys back. There’s a bit of a buzz around the place. I think whenever Prem Rugby comes back everyone is really on it. It’s been really good. We obviously had a fair few internationals away which is great to see so we were probably a bit sparce in terms of numbers. It’s nice to have them all back and we’re just excited for Friday.”
On facing Wasps
“We know that their attacking game is very strong. They have a lot of illusive runners, and they play very well from transition play. We’re very conscious of those threats. Obviously with John Mitchell coming in to run their defence, he was coaching with England and he’s a top operator. They are improving in defence so it’ll be a challenge both sides of the ball. We’re ready for the challenge.”
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