Gloucester Rugby travel away to Worcester Warriors on Saturday for Round 3 of the Gallagher Premiership. Ahead of the fixture, Ruan Ackermann reviewed the Leicester Tigers game and looked ahead to the M5 derby.
On starting against Leicester
“After not having an ideal pre-season due to a toe operation, I was nervous contact and conditioning wise when I got the start. What pushed me forward was being back at Kingsholm in front of the fans. I was really excited for that and then playing against Leicester Tigers is always a big, physical game and something I enjoy.
“I was really excited for it and once kick-off went, I forgot about the nerves and just went for it. It's just a shame that we didn't get the result. I felt that at stages we played some really good rugby.”
On the slow start against Tigers
“If you play against the quality that Tigers have and give them easy points then they are going to penalise you. That's what happened and when you look at the first 15 minutes, they got all three of their penalties just off our mistakes and that puts you on the back foot because they are a quality side. To come back is really difficult.”
On the positives to take from the game
“There were a lot of positives as well. I think where we were mentally compared to where we were in the first game, our mindset was much better. So we're going in the right direction but there's still a lot of work to do.”
Scoring seven tries in the opening two fixtures
“Our philosophy is to play exciting rugby. Saying that, we need to be more clinical. Yes, it is exciting and yes, we pride ourselves on it, but we need to find our feet in terms of being more accurate when we have the ball so that we can score even more tries!”
On Worcester Warriors
“They've signed some quality players and they've got Jonny Bell who's in charge of their defence and there are people that have been here, and we know. If you look from the outside, it seems that they've had a really good offseason with some of the players they've got in so it's another massive challenge.
“They're just up the road from us so it's exciting but also a big challenge.”