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Gloucester Rugby: There is still plenty to play for against Wasps, says Andrew Stanley

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

ANDREW Stanley has called on young guns and old heads alike to maintain the form that almost toppled Scarlets when London Wasps come to Kingsholm on Saturday.

A young and inexperienced LV=Cup side suffered a slender 13-7 defeat to a Scarlets side full of rugby nous last weekend.

That result ended any hopes Gloucester had of reaching the knock-out stages of the Anglo-Welsh competition but for forwards coach Stanley – there was spirit and fight in abundance.

Little rides on tomorrow’s clash as Wasps are also out of the running for a semi-final place.

But Stanley wants to see the youngsters performing with the same enthusiasm and spirit as was on show in West Wales.

He said: “It’s important to maintain the form we have had the last couple of weeks and that’s going to be a focus for us to build that into the game on Saturday.

“Then we need to take that into Sale away in the Premiership the following week.

“We’re looking to really maintain what we’ve done over the last couple of weeks.

“With a very young side, we took Scarlets to the wire last week. With some of the senior boys coming back in now we want to be carrying that forwards.

“We are a little low on numbers but there is still competition for some places and we think we have picked a side that will go as far as we can this weekend.

“Some of the players really acquitted themselves well and what they can see is the likes of Elliott Stooke excelling in the Heineken Cup and for the Saxons.

“That’s the target and they can say, ‘I can do that and I want to put myself into contention’.

“It’s great to see, the enthusiasm the younger players bring to the team, wide eyed and bushy tailed, as you would expect.”

Outside centre Henry Trinder is set to make his long-awaited return after time out with a groin injury.

Worcester-bound Ryan Mills is also back in contention, after a foot injury picked up in the 22-16 win at Newcastle Falcons last November that required surgery.

Will James is expected to captain the side despite a concussion assessment last weekend but fly-half Jonny Bentley is still being assessed after he was also taken off injured against Scarlets.

Academy products fly-half Billy Burns and flanker Ross Moriarty are on England Under-20 Six Nations duty in France and with Bentley currently a doubt, options at fly-half are limited.

Stanley assured: “Jonny is in contention but we will see how he is.

“We have options at fly-half we will look at and have trained with and will cross that bridge when we come to it.”

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