Gloucester Rugby host Harlequins at Kingsholm this Sunday and ahead of the game Matt Garvey faced the media to preview the fixture.
On facing Harlequins
“They’re coming off a massive performance against Saints and they’ll be eager to do that again. As good as our defence and our attack was against Wasps, we need to take it up another level to beat them.
“We’re really looking forward to the challenge, another game at home with some crowd in which will be good. Hopefully we can start to make Kingsholm a fortress again.”
On the threats they possess
“They’ve got threats all across their backrow and Danny Care played exceptionally well last weekend as well. We need to try and shut them down straight away and try and get at Marcus Smith and pressure him at the line to try and get him to make decisions early.
“I’m not sure I’ll be the quickest one to get to him! There might be other boys who have to put the pressure on him but I’ll play my part!
“They’ve got talent across the line. (Paul) Gustard has done really well with Quins and he’s building something there but it’s the same here. Skivs (George Skivington) is doing an amazing job we’re really pushing.
“They’ve got to worry about our 10, Lloyd Evans, who was on fire at the weekend.”
On the 2000 supporters at Kingsholm
“It will be strange for me to be on the right side of the crowd! I spent so many years being booed and having the donkey noises against me. Hopefully there’ll be a few more cheers this time!
“It’s a great stadium and a great venue to play in whether you’re the opposition or the home team so I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully we can give them something to smile about.”
It’s a squad effort
“Everyone knows that it’s not just about the 15 or 23, it’s about the boys around the squad as well. If we get boys with match experience who are full of confidence and internationals coming back, then it makes it very competitive. It makes training competitive and ultimately competitive training leads to a better team.”
On Matt Banahan announcing his retirement at the end of the season
“Banners is one of my closest friends and he’s been a servant to the sport. He’s a great experienced player who’s passing on his knowledge. He’s still keen to impress and train hard and you see that in his performances. No matter what happens you always see him playing with a smile. He enjoys it and he’s someone the sport will miss.
“We want to give him something to remember and give him something special to end on. We’re all pulling in the right direction; he’s doing his part and hopefully we can celebrate at the end of the season with a beer and some silverware.”