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Gloucester Rugby: Jonny May aiming to unleash frustrations on Bath

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

Gloucester Rugby: Jonny May aiming to unleash frustrations on Bath

JONNY May is determined to unleash his frustrations on Bath in today’s West Country derby.

Gloucester are still seething following their Amlin Challenge Cup exit which has been slammed as unacceptable by Nigel Davies.

May, who scored a try in the defeat, admits he is still haunted by the lifeless performance at Adams Park but he insists a showdown with Bath is the perfect opportunity for the Cherry and Whites to exorcise their ghosts.

He said: “It was really disappointing. If we had given it everything and lost we could have accepted a defeat but we didn’t and that was the toughest thing coming off the pitch knowing that.

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“It was a great opportunity for us but it’s done now and all we can do is make sure we go out there and get the mental side right against Bath.

“Even though we have had a short turnaround it was one of those where you want to get back on the pitch the very next day and there’s no better way to get back out there against our local rivals at a sold out Kingsholm.

“Everyone, the players, coaches, supporters are owed a performance and we just want to get out there.”

Gloucester remain in the hunt for a place in next season’s European Rugby Champions Cup but must finish seventh to qualify for a play-off.

They are currently three points adrift of their European conquerors London Wasps who sit in the all-important play-off position.

May remains confident the Cherry and Whites can salvage something from their season but he insists they must come out firing at a capacity Kingsholm to down their West Country rivals.

He added: “They always seem to be tight games but they’re that little bit special and different.

“The supporters love it so there will certainly be a good atmosphere.

“For everyone involved it’s important that we get off to a good start but even more importantly we have to produce a performance throughout the game.

“It’s been a tough season for us and we only have ourselves to blame but I’m sure we can put a different perspective on our season if we win our next four games.

“If we beat Bath at home it will definitely give us something to be proud of.”

Nigel Davies has made four changes to the side that lost to Wasps with Mike Tindall recovering from a calf injury to take his place in the midfield.

Martyn Thomas is also preferred to Rob Cook at full-back, while Will James and Gareth Evans come in for James Hudson and Ben Morgan respectively in the pack.

Bath have not triumphed at Kingsholm in a league encounter since 2006 but will be aiming to cement their place in the top four.

They have made five changes with Kyle Eastmond ousting Matt Banahan at centre and Paul James, David Wilson, Stuart Hooper and Leroy Houston all returning to the pack.

May, who bagged two tries at the Rec last season will go head to head with free scoring Fijian Semesa Rokoduguni and he is relishing the challenge.

May added: “He’s a big, powerful bloke but I play good wings every week and will relish the challenge.

“But they have very good players and have threats all over the pitch so we will have to be at our best.”

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