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Gloucester Rugby: We must get it right against London Irish, says Nick Wood

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 23, 2013

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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.”

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  • Curt_Downe  |  December 28 2013, 11:49AM

    All Gloucester Rugby supporters will know what a fine player Nick Wood is, but all Gloucester Rugby supporters also know that what the club must consistently do is to ensure that Rupҽrt Hardҽn, our first choice and best tight head prop, starts as many games as possible, otherwise the scrum will end up getting mullered as it did last season every time Rupҽrt was unavailable.

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  • David_Baldwin  |  December 28 2013, 11:47AM

    I love the way, week after week, that Rupҽrt Hardҽn plants a great big dollop of egg on the face of the multi-ID troll shedheadNOTAGLAWSSUPPORTER/gloslover-not/dumbanddumber20/dopey-lerone/bikeshed etc. (whichever one he thinks he is today). The troll wouldn't know a decent tight-head if he was slapped around the head by one, though he would enjoy the experience immensely.

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  • TuffleyRader  |  December 28 2013, 11:45AM

    A troll is a troll and shedheadnot, who also posts his dull nonsense under the identities of gloslover-not/dumbanddumber20/dopey-lerone, is a clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll who has no idea where Kingsholm is because he doesn't even support Gloucester Rugby, He has no idea about rugby union either as he loves watching wendyball.

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  • greg_walsh  |  December 28 2013, 11:43AM

    Let's face it, Gloucester's scrum is never the same without Rupҽrt Hardҽn anchoring it and we have no effective maul or defence against it when he is not on the field. Nigel Davies knows that which is why he (and not the clueless multi-identitied troll shedheadNOTAGLOUCESTERSUPPORTER aka gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20) selects Harden to start in the tough, critical games.

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  • Conrad-SeIby  |  December 28 2013, 11:41AM

    Laughing at the clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll shedheadNEVER aka gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20 pretending that he knows anything about rugby or that he is remotely interested in Gloucester Rugby. He is getting so upset because his "partner" has sprung a leak and Halfords isn't open so that he can get a puncture repair kit. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

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  • CrunchieMan  |  December 28 2013, 11:40AM

    Nigel Davies knows that Harden is his top tight head; everyone else knows that Rupҽrt Hardҽn is the best tight head at Glaws. The only one who thinks otherwise and thinks he is better than Nigel Davies is the troll shedheadNOTAGLAWSSUPPORTER/gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20 etc.

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  • David_Baldwin  |  December 28 2013, 11:39AM

    shedheadNEVER aka dopey-lerone/dumbanddumber20 is upset because he has been found out using another of his Gloucester Rugby hating troll identities. Now he is on his big-baby anti-Rupҽrt Hardҽn mega-rant just because Harden has proved him so wrong time after time with his brilliant displays of tight head rugby.

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  • Curt_Downe  |  December 28 2013, 11:38AM

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Laugh at the useless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll spinelessjim aka shedheadNEVER aka gloslover-not or DumbAndDumber20 or dopey_lerone if he prefers. He is soooo upset that he has been found out with his latest identity. He knows absolutely nothing about rugby union, sat in his sad home for sad lonely old men.

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  • TuffleyRader  |  December 28 2013, 11:37AM

    Let's face it, the so-called "shedheadnot" is just the same clueless old Gloucester hating multi-identity troll who has never been to any Gloucester game at Kingsholm, let alone any away and has no idea about front row play. He doesn't even know what the Shed is. And that is all because he is most definitely NOT a Gloucester Rugby supporter. # Rupҽrt Hardҽn is Gloucester Rugby's stand-out tight head. ND knows it which is why he selects him to start all the critical games.

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  • greg_walsh  |  December 28 2013, 11:36AM

    Laugh at the brain-dead troll bikeshed aka shedheadNOT aka gloslover-NOT pretending to be a Gloucester Rugby supporter. The fact is, he is a clueless idiot who knows absolutely nothing about Gloucester Rugby or rugby union. In fact, he knows so little about anything that it comes as no surprise that his daily routine includes a visit to the job centre.

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