GARETH Evans has urged Gloucester to run Northampton Saints ragged at Franklin’s Gardens today.
Jim Mallinder’s men sit atop of the Aviva Premiership and have not lost in domestic action since Billy Twelvetrees put the boot into them at Kingsholm in September.
They are built upon a juggernaut pack and boast the Premiership’s most deadly marksman in Stephen Myler, but Evans reckons the Cherry and Whites must stretch them by roaming in attack.
He said: “The only game they have lost this year in the league is to us at Kingsholm so they are obviously having a very good season.
“But with the form we are in, we like to think we can give them a good challenge and come away with something.
“We’re under no illusions that when you go up to Saints, it’s a similar proposition to Leicester. A set-piece orientated team that will come at us. We have to try to nullify that and play the game in different areas.
“With the way we have been playing recently, with a lot of tempo and width, we like to think if we take that to Northampton, move them around and drag them out of their comfort zone we are in with a shot.”
But with Myler at fly-half, Evans is well aware that indiscipline could prove costly in the encounter.
The Cherry and Whites have one of the worst disciplinary records in the Premiership this season and Davies has already read the riot act to his charges.
Evans said: “Discipline is something we have spoken about. They will kick penalties to the corner and look to drive, get more penalties and either kick them or continue that pressure.
“Discipline is key and we can’t afford to be numbers down against a side like Saints. We’ve hammered that home this week, it has to be on point.”
Evans has been a revelation this season and brought dynamism and has added ball-carrying ability to the Gloucester back-row.
He made his first Premiership start three weeks ago and is determined to continue his rapid ascent.
“It’s nice to be getting game time. Having my first Premiership start up at Sale was huge for me and just to be pulling on that Gloucester shirt is amazing.
“It’s important to give players a chance because otherwise you don’t know what they can produce. I’ve been given a good shot and hopefully I can hang onto my place now.”