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Press Notes | George Skivington: “There is a lot to be proud of”

Gloucester Rugby travel to Harlequins for Round 14 of the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday and ahead of the fixture George Skivington faced the media.

On the Leicester Tigers performance

“Apart from the maul tries, I thought the boys played well. We put ourselves in a position to score a couple of times but we missed a breakdown clean or we let someone in which is human error. We want to be better at that but I thought that in terms of executing the plan, the boys are getting it.

“George Barton, as a young 10, is getting better every time he plays. There are different combinations out there all the time and there are lots of guys who are getting to play rugby which is brilliant.

“I’m very confident about the way we’re going and watching the game back, Leicester obviously wanted a slow game, a set piece game and a kicking game and that’s the way they’re playing. I felt we could have sped it up ourselves a few times which we didn’t quite do but that’s a learning for us.

“In the end, I think if we’d have stopped the mauls then we’d have won the game. You’ve got to be pragmatic about it and you’re never happy when you lose but if you break down the process we’re going through, the boys are getting the systems really well and some of the defence against Leicester’s latches and three man latches was heroic. They really stuck their head in the spokes and a lot of teams have struggled with that in recent weeks so there is lots to be proud of.”

On upcoming games

“We’d love to beat La Rochelle and get through to the quarter finals. That would obviously be a great success for us. I think with Quins and Exeter, they’ll be a real test of character. We’ve lost games by small margins and we’ve won games by small margins. We’re really getting the way we want to play and the team is really coming together as a group of competitive lads.

“I’d like to see, certainly at the end of these three weeks, the character of the team. There will obviously be a few lads coming back from internationals over the next few weeks and we’ve got to work out how we blend those guys in and hopefully those selections will prove a bit of a headache but that’s a nice position to be in.”

On getting wins

“Ultimately, we’d like to win some of these games and that would be a great success but on our development, I think our character and the way the guys slip back in and bring that energy from international camps will be key. When I say slip back in I mean into training, not necessarily the team, and then we can go from there.

“We’ve got our bits that we go through every Monday and sit down and ask, ‘did we do what we said we were going to do, have we lived up to our values, have we made some progress as a team?’

“We’ve gone through the last few weeks pretty positively off the back of that and that would be three big weeks if we can come back in knowing that we stayed on task, fought hard. That’s really what we want. Hopefully we get some points out of it but that will come down to execution I hope more than work rate or character or anything like that.”

George Skivington looks ahead to Harlequins