Lewis Ludlow spoke to the media ahead of the West Country derby at The Rec. After a good weeks training, the Cherry and Whites will be looking to get the better of their historic rivals this evening.
A good weeks training
“We’ve had a really good weeks training. The week has gone really well and we’re lucky that we’ve had back to back Friday night games so we’ve had a full week’s worth of training which is great for us as there was no short turnaround.”
On Bath Rugby
“Bath’s win against Sale was based on a massive defensive effort. Five of their forwards made over 20 tackles so we know they are going to defend well, it’s at their home. There’s no reason we can’t do the same though. Anyone who’s played in a derby before knows exactly what it’s going to be like. A few of us won down there a few years ago which was one of the best feelings I’ve had in a Gloucester Rugby shirt. We’ve been trying to get that across to the boys this week. Without the crowds it’s difficult but it comes down to how you go about it personally.”
Importance of defence
“We’re working very hard in defence. We’re one of the only teams to keep Bristol to two tries so that was a real positive for us coming out of the game. Usually, they score tries for fun. We felt we were on top of them. Speaking to them afterwards, a lot of former Gloucester Rugby players in there and some good mates, speaking to them they were under the pump and under pressure. We just need to keep that going.
“Our defence is growing. Dom Waldouck is doing a great job with the analysis he does. He’s one of the most diligent coaches around. He works very hard and gives us easy pictures to take into the weekend.”
On Bath’s threats
“It’s 1 to 15. Zach Mercer is that go forward. If he gets on the front foot, he can be very attacking but also, if he doesn’t get on the front foot, he can be quite quiet. Ben Spencer is lively, he’s one of the best scrum halves in the competition. We were on top last time we went down there; we’d shut him out of his exit game and he couldn’t get his kicks away because we’d sort of rattled him a little bit. Hopefully we can go and do that again. It’s more 1 to 15 than them having specific threats. We’re dangerous 1 to 15 and it takes 15 blokes to win a rugby match.”