NIGEL Davies was delighted as Gloucester capped an emotionally charged occasion at Kingsholm with a 25-20 victory over Harlequins.
The Cherry and White paid tribute to Andy Hazell, who was forced to retire earlier this month, and Mike Tindall made his 200th Premiership appearance in the clash.
Davies admitted the duo were used to motivate his charges in the build up to the clash and Gloucester delivered as Sione Kalamafoni, Matt Kvesic and Dan Murphy all scored tries.
Davies said: “It was vitally important that we capped the occasion with a win for the guys. Both have been fantastic characters and the type of people you want in your rugby team. They are hard men and uncompromising.
“Andy is a local boy, Gloucester born and bred, lives a stone’s throw from Kingsholm and all his family are here. He wears his heart on his sleeve and epitomises this club.”
The victory was Gloucester’s first in the league in 2014 and stretched their winning streak at home against Harlequins to 15..
They climb to ninth in the Aviva Premiership table and while Davies accepts that is not good enough, he is pleased with the progress being made.
He added: “We still have a long way to go. There were a couple of chances that we missed which is hugely disappointing but the intent and the way we are trying to play is admirable considering the situation we’re in.
“I told the team to go after Harlequins, to pressurised them with and without the ball.
“Overall I couldn’t fault my players, there were some accuracy issues but other than that we’re playing a good brand of rugby.”