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Press Notes | Ollie Thorley: “I think they’ll be a challenge”

Gloucester Rugby face Wasps this Saturday in the Gallagher Premiership and ahead of the fixture Ollie Thorley sat down to face the press.

On Worcester win

“I think it’s huge. The last three or four weeks, our performances have improved a lot but we haven’t got the results that we wanted. Having that result is a massive confidence boost and we’ve seen when Northampton had a win against us a couple of weeks back and they’ve really kicked on since then so hopefully a similar thing will happen for us.

“It was a bit of a losing streak and it was exceptionally frustrating at times, but we’ve developed a lot of new processes and there’s been a lot of change at the club and sometimes elements of that take time to come in. I really feel that the past three or four weeks we’ve started to come together and I think that we’ve really improved. Our connection in defence has improved and there’s a nice feeling around the team as well. I think all of that comes after better performances and after getting a win.”

On performances and results

“Sometimes you have to have faith and believe in the team and believe in the processes. I’m a firm believer that hardship can bring out the best in teams and I think we have been through some hardship as a squad in the last couple of weeks but actually that builds resilience. We’re a young group so having that experience and that exposure fairly early on in the careers of a lot of our players I think is a good thing and I think it will put us in good stead going forward.”

On his individual performances

“There was a couple of weeks when I was a bit frustrated with but actually I feel I’m doing well. I’ve been doing the things I need to on the pitch and sometimes as a winger you score lots of tries and sometimes you don’t. The important thing is that you are helping in a lot of areas that are unseen with kick chasing, defence and giving the team go forward ball. I’ve been really enjoying my rugby, particularly in the last few weeks when the team has been coming together, I feel there’s been a change and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Facing Wasps

“We’ve been looking at a lot of their footage and they’ve had some wonderful attacking plays this year. They play an exciting brand of rugby and they’ve got threats across the pitch so I think they’ll be a challenge. They obviously did very well in the Premiership last season and they’ve had some very strong performances this year as well. We know what they can bring and we know who their danger men are so it’s going to be about controlling them and expressing ourselves on the pitch and playing to our strengths.”

Ollie Thorley looks ahead to Wasps