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Davies: We're not the finished article

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

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GRITTY Leicester Tigers victory does not transform Gloucester into world-beaters overnight, warns Nigel Davies.

The Gloucester boss has told his Cherry and Whites players not to get carried away after Saturday's 27-21 Kingsholm victory.

Rugby director Davies believes one impressive victory against a traditional league power is not enough for Gloucester to start making big statements on their season ahead. And he has told his players not even to think along those lines either.

The former Wales centre explained: "We're not going to be making any big predictions about how good we can be or where we can go because it's still very early days for us.

"We're just going about our business pretty quietly and getting on with things, and there's no need for any big pronouncements or anything like that.

"We're delighted with the win over Leicester, but it's just one game – and now we've got another massive challenge ahead this weekend.

"That's the way it always is though – very quickly you must move from one to the next, and if you don't, you won't progress."

Gloucester take on Harlequins at The Stoop on Saturday (kick-off 5.15pm) keen to extend their eight-match unbeaten streak.

Davies said the Cherry and Whites will need all the street-smart qualities they showed against Leicester again when they pitch up in London this weekend.

He continued: "Saturday was a step forward, no doubt.

"I was delighted with the way the team handled things when we had two men in the sin-bin. We played the clock very well, playing for time with that series of pick-and-go drives being a great example.

"And that's exactly the kind of thing that we'll need again at Harlequins.

"Quins are just as switched-on and streetwise as Leicester, there's no doubt.

"We'll have to match them in that department and in a number of others too, but we're improving all the time and we're pleased with progress.

"There's still plenty to work on and it will take time to bring in everything we're looking at, but we've steady progression so far, and that's great."

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  • Nick_Iewis  |  November 02 2012, 9:12AM

    We should have the likes of Twelvetrees, Tindall and Qera available for the weekend but we will probably be without Hamilron and maybe key players like Harden and Kalmafoni. I wonder where we are with the fitness of Borwn and May. I hear that Dave Lewis has been recalled from Cinderford.

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  • RubenHall  |  November 01 2012, 6:37AM

    We know we are not the finished article yet, but with the likes of players like Billy Twelvetrees, Akapusi Qera, Rupert Harden and Mike Tindall, we are heading in the right direction.

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