GET the performance right against London Irish, and the result will take care of itself, calls Nick Wood.
The long-serving loosehead would rather focus on Gloucester’s on-field performance, than the Premiership table or statistics.
The 30-year-old knows the side cannot ignore the pressure they are under in the league this season despite a morale-boosting win over Worcester.
But Wood knows that if the Cherry and Whites are to put together a run of results, ensuring performances are consistent is the key.
And to do that Gloucester must back up the tough 12-6 win over the Warriors, with a victory at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday (2pm).
Wood said: “We just have to do what we’ve been doing in the last few weeks – that is our thinking.
“Before Edinburgh, everything was in place for a home win, but we just didn’t quite get it right, and we’d already done the hard work away.
“But certainly in terms of the foundations of the game, we are really building something.
“And if we make sure we get that right, then nine times out of 10, the result should follow.
“The media will talk about the league table, and it is a relegation league so you cannot afford to finish bottom, so we are feeling that pressure.
“But now we’ve got a win under our belts, we need to focus on how we’re delivering on the pitch, rather than off-field stuff such as the league table.”
While results have remained inconsistent, Wood has been happy to see a marked improvement in forward play – especially at the set-piece.
In both games against Edinburgh, as well as against Worcester a previously under-fire pack has outmuscled their opponents.
The set-piece has suddenly become a strength and the breakdown play a bonus, all a far cry from the early-season performances that saw Gloucester struggle.
And Oxford University graduate Wood doesn’t have to think long to explain why that has been the case.
“It’s the work we’ve been doing in training,” he said.
“If we get certain things right on the field after a good week of training, then the result should take care of itself.”
“We’ve changed our mentality as a pack, and our work, certainly in the scrum, means we work from one to eight, whoever is playing in those positions.
“There are 16 guys out there training trying to get it right. I don’t think it’s down to personnel, but more a shift in attitude in the pack and the way we train.
“The Worcester game was tough, and there were a lot of scrums and lineouts, and if it wasn’t the set-piece it was close combat contact.
“But we are feeling good. When things aren’t going your way, you take whatever win you can get.
“It wasn’t pretty from either side but sometimes derby games are about more than that.
“It’s not about running rugby, especially in wet conditions, it’s about grinding it out, and making sure your fans are cheering the win.”