NIGEL Davies has warned his Cherry and White charges that discipline will be decisive in Saturday’s Premiership clash with Northampton Saints.
The league leaders boast the most prolific points-scorer in the country this season in fly-half Stephen Myler and Davies knows he could prove the difference at Franklin’s Gardens.
With the scrum one of the Saints’ biggest weapons, Myler rarely suffers from a shortage of shots at goal but Davies has urged Gloucester to keep cool heads across the pitch.
He said: “Northampton have had a fantastic season so far, only lost one game and rightly sit at the top of the league. They are a very complete side, very competent and it will be a big ask for us.
“They can score tries in a number of ways, they look to grind sides down with a very effective set-piece but they also have strike players throughout the team.
“They get good field position and from their set-piece they can eke out penalties and Myler is a very accomplished goal-kicker.
“Categorically we can’t win a game with anyone in the sin-bin and that point has been made clear. Players have a responsibility to make sure they don’t get yellow-carded and when that happens, and it’s clear and obvious, it’s unacceptable.”
Gloucester are the only team to have conquered Jim Mallinder’s men in domestic action this season and they sit one-point clear of Saracens in the Premiership table.
They will be eyeing a shot of redemption on their home patch and Samu Manoa has already admitted his teammates are looking for “payback.”
But Davies is determined to see his side continue the progression they have made in recent weeks.
He said: “They will want to put in a big performance at home.”