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Gloucester Rugby: Tavis Knoyle seeks revenge on Scarlets

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

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TAVIS Knoyle is aiming to unleash his frustrations on his former club when he pulls on the Gloucester number nine jersey.

The Wales scrum-half was released by the Scarlets at the end of last season and is aiming to prove a point in Friday's LV=Cup clash.

Knoyle was bitterly disappointed with the manner of his departure from Parc y Scarlets and his frustrations have continued to grow with a lack of opportunities at Gloucester.

The 23-year-old has made just seven appearances for the Cherry and Whites but is determined to prove a point – or indeed two – on his old stomping ground.

Knoyle said: “I was very disappointed to leave the Scarlets. I had four years there, worked really hard and to be treated like that was heart-breaking.

“It’s not nice when that happens but I didn’t play for Wales for no reason and I’m confident in my own ability.

“I didn’t expect to have so few chances here but all I can do is keep my head down, work hard and wait for opportunities to arrive.

“I want to prove a point and play well but more importantly it’s about making sure the team functions and we continue to build upon what we have shown in glimpses this season.

“It was an outstanding performance in Perpignan and we have to keep that continuity. We’re not playing in an A-league game and we need to be at our best.

“It’s a great club to be involved with, there’s amazing support and you don’t want to let them down.

“Hopefully I can put in a good performance. I’m confident in my role and it’s just about getting the team going and communicating between forwards and backs.”

While Knoyle has been left kicking his heels at Kingsholm more often than he would like he is well aware he cannot afford to let his frustrations get the better of him.

The scrum-half is cut from old-school cloth and knows team performance comes before that of his own. But he reckons his performances are being affected by a lack of regular game-time.

He added: “It’s hard to build momentum and form when you are in one minute and out the next. You need two or three games on the bounce to get into the groove and your confidence back because you can do all the training in the world but it’s just not the same as playing.

“I’ve felt like a spare part at times but I’m working hard to change that. I always make sure I am physically and mentally prepared to make sure I don’t let the boys, or more importantly myself down.

“You always want what’s best for the team and the boys. I might have a negative couple of hours after the team is announced but I’m man enough to take it and have to be happy around the boys. It’s not about the individual but making sure the team performs.”

He remains in close contact with a host of the Scarlets squad and there is sure to be plenty of banter flying around in west Wales but Knoyle insists he will be keeping quiet.

He added: “I speak to Rhys Priestland quite often and we all keep in touch on Snapchat. I’m sure there will be a bit of banter but I can’t afford to get involved, I have enough on my plate and have to concentrate on my performance.”

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  • Owariasa01  |  January 23 2014, 9:04PM

    The best way of beating Scarlets is for the club to ensure that Rupҽrt Hardҽn, our best and most talented tight head prop, stays on the pitch and for him to play as long as possible.

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