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Gloucester Rugby: "We owe supporters" - Rob Cook

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

Rob Cook reckons Gloucester owe their supporters

ROB Cook insists Gloucester must give the embattled cherry and white army something to cheer about by come out firing on their last appearance of the season at Kingsholm.

Nigel Davies’ men have triumphed on just four occasions on their home patch while in league action in the current campaign.

The flying full-back insists that is simply not good enough but he is determined to finish a tumultuous season on a positive note by completing the double over Brian Smith’s side.

He said: “I don’t think we’ve performed well at Kingsholm this season, we said we wanted to make it a fortress but we haven’t done that but we owe the supporters.

“We want to perform for them, the support has been fantastic all year, through thick and thin and we want to give them something to cheer about in the last game here.”

Gloucester still have a chance of qualifying for a Rugby Champions Cup play-off by finishing seventh in the Premiership.

Cook admits it is unlikely London Wasps will fail to sting Newcastle Falcons to secure seventh but he insists the Cherry and Whites must be prepared for all eventualities.

He said: “We still have a chance, it’s an outside one and it’s in Wasps’ hands, but we just want to go out and finish the season with a bang.

“It’s not in our hands but you never know what can happen and there’s been some funny things happen already this year. We need to make sure if Newcastle do go and beat Wasps that we don’t let ourselves down by losing at home.

“If we can put some pressure on it all goes into the last game of the season.”

Gloucester edged past Irish in December, despite the Exiles outscoring Nigel Davies’ men by three tries to one.

Cook expects another free-running assault but insists Gloucester have addressed their defensive woes and will have the added motivation of giving Will James the perfect Kingsholm send-off.

He added: “If you look back on the games we have played, we have a good record against them and they’re playing some very good rugby at the moment.

“They’re always a dangerous team, they have some strong runners and if you give them confidence they will take it.

“They play off the cuff and have exciting players so we have to be wary and if we control the ball and play in the right areas we will limit that danger.

“We want to put in a good performance, especially for guys like Will James and help him finish his last game at Kingsholm on a big high.”

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