For immediate release: Friday 12 September 2014
Sale Sharks are the visitors to Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon (kick off 3pm), and Gloucester Rugby have named an unchanged side as they seek to secure their first win of the Aviva Premiership season.
It means that the 23 men who were on duty in the season opening loss at Northampton Saints last Friday evening are entrusted with turning things around in front of their own crowd.
Still absent is long term knee injury victim Gareth Evans, while Matt Kvesic and Nick Wood, although they have trained this week, are not quite ready for match action.
Speaking to the local media this week, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that last week’s defeat had been disappointing but that there were parts of the performance to build upon.
“No-one involved in professional sport likes to lose by the margin that we lost. But there were definitely some elements of the game that we were pleased with.
“We’ll just keep working away. We’ve a very clear plan on what we want to do. We know how good our players are, we know how much experience and knowledge exists within the coaching team. Given time, there will be improvements.”
Humphreys also admitted that they’ve done their due diligence on this weekend’s visitors, but that the focus had been mainly on what Gloucester need to do.
“We’ve done some analysis on Sale. But, at this early stage of the season, you’ve only one game to look at because you can’t really judge anything from preseason friendlies.
“Sale were competitive against Bath. We know what they will bring this weekend. But for us, it’s very much about what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to continue to work on the areas of the game that we know we can improve upon.
“There are certain areas of the pitch we want to play in, a certain style we want to implement and add on from last week. If we can do some of the things that we did last week with a bit more accuracy, then we’re all looking forward to it.”
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