BEN Morgan is determined to lead Gloucester’s charge in a Christmas cracker at Kingsholm.
The Cherry and White kick-off their festive fixtures against Worcester Warriors on Sunday.
Both sides are desperate for a victory, with Gloucester frustratingly inconsistent and Worcester threatened by relegation.
Morgan admits Gloucester are still reeling from their latest defeat, to Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup, but he has vowed to put his side on the front foot against the wounded Warriors.
Morgan said: “We were very frustrated with what happened at the weekend and we have a lot of things to put right ahead of a big derby game.
“Any local derby has that extra spice about it. We haven’t been shying away from the physicality, its just other things haven’t being working but we will definitely bring intensity this weekend.
“There’s a lot of responsibility on the number eight – you are a link between forwards and backs and have to take the ball over the gain-line.
“We have to go forward against Worcester. I love carrying the ball and if I get my hands on the ball more then that’s all the better.”
With Gloucester without a host of players, including Tom Savage and Sione Kalamafoni in the back-row, Morgan is likely to see plenty of action over the festive period.
But he reckons the competition for places in the back-row has driven his performances higher.
He said: “It’s brilliant when we have people competing for places across the whole squad. It always brings the best out of players because you realise if you’re not performing to your best somebody can take your place.
“That’s driving the whole squad on. It certainly helps me to push on and keep performing.
“There’s a few injuries now but when the likes of Sione is out there busting tackles I have to do the same or even more.”
Morgan has been frustrated with Gloucester’s form this season and reckons they must learn to adapt during a game.
The pack has been widely criticised this season but it was the backs that failed to fire in last week’s loss to Edinburgh and Morgan insists they must produce a performance from one to 15.
He added: “We just have to understand some of the situations we’re getting into during games and realise how to get out of them.
“We have to learn to rediscover our structure and shape when we lose it. We still want to express ourselves but have to bring the nitty gritty as well.”