YANN Thomas has hailed Trevor Woodman’s no nonsense approach to the scrum at Gloucester.
The England World Cup winner became the Cherry and Whites scrum coach in March, replacing fellow former Cherry and White Tony Windo, who could no longer commit the necessary time due to his role at Bromsgrove School.
Woodman made an almost immediate impact in solidifying the scrum and Thomas, who has packed down on either side of the set-piece, admits he delivered some home truths in a “brutal” assessment.
Thomas said: “With Trevor Woodman coming in and bringing his input, the scrums have started showing a bit more improvement in the last couple of weeks.
“The scrums went well against London Irish, we put them under pressure and the only bad one was right at the end.
“Then if you look at the Bath game, it pains me to say they have one of the best scrums in the Premiership but the boys fronted up.
“Trevor has come in and put his own stamp on things.
“The first day he came in he put on a presentation which was brutally honest with the boys.
“We probably haven’t had that this season, someone telling us it’s not good enough. It was a bit comfortable over the last few months but he’s freshened things up.
“He’s got a lot of respect from the boys, it goes without saying as World Cup winner you have a massive presence and he’s just freshened things up and given the boys more of an edge against each other.”
Gloucester face Worcester Warriors next, in the final game of the season, and Thomas expects a typically fierce local derby.
Worcester are already down and out of the Premiership, consigned to a season in the Championship, but Thomas knows there will be plenty of pride to play for.
He added: “You always look at the last couple of games and if you’re not in the top four or fighting to stay up you might see it as a bit of a dead duck.
“But the boys fronted up again and there was more improvement and we have to take that on to Worcester and into next season.
“It’s still a big derby match, they will be fired up for it and we will as well.
“Worcester-Gloucester is never a dead game, it’s 30 minutes up the M5, it’s always a fierce game because a lot of the boys know each other and there will always be that edge. We’re expecting a tough battle.”