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Gloucester Rugby: Mike Ford urges Bath to silence Kingsholm

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

Mike Ford expects Gloucester to come out firing

BATH head coach Mike Ford has urged his side to silence the Kingsholm crowd.

Gloucester take on their great West Country rivals in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday, just a week after they crashed out of the Amlin Challenge Cup with a disappointing quarter-final defeat to London Wasps.

And Ford has warned Bath, who cruised into the semi-finals with a comfortable victory over Brive, to expect a backlash in front of the Shed.

Ford said: “Gloucester will be a dangerous team. They will be smarting from Sunday, they’ll be back in front of the Shed and they are playing Bath.

“It’s similar to the Irish game away and the Exeter game away, where they had a lot of motivation.

“We’ve been into a cauldron before against a team that has got a lot of reasons to win and we’ve just got to see it through.

“And we feel we’ve got more motivation than anyone this year.

“I always say never mind about their motivation, what about ours? Where do we want to go and what do we want to achieve?”

There will be plenty to play for in the encounter, with Gloucester still targeting seventh in the league table and a potential European play-off and Bath aiming to solidify their top-four standing.

Bath have not conquered Castle Grim for more than eight years in Premiership action.

Ford added: “I don’t think we’ve won at Gloucester since 2006, although we won there last year in the LV= Cup.

“We understand it’s a derby game and it’s going to be ferocious and intense but this is just the next game for us. We want the players to train really well, then just go out and play at the weekend.

“It’s important because if we get a good win here then there are only three games left.”

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