DAVID Humphreys has urged Gloucester to discover their clinical edge against the Scarlets on Saturday.
The Cherry and Whites finish their pre-season preparations against the Welsh region at Parc y Scarlets just six days ahead of their Premiership kick off against Northampton Saints.
Humphreys was frustrated by a glut of missed opportunities in their 45-8 victory over Munster last week but he is hopeful they will take their chances in west Wales.
He said: “We’re all happy with where we are, the coaches and particularly the players have worked really hard to ensure we’re leaving no stone unturned in our preparation.
“Every game you play you can pick out one or two things but on the whole we were pleased with the performance bearing in mind it was a young Munster team.
“The unforced errors were frustrating but if you look at the set-piece, our exits, kicking game and defensive structure, so much of that was good.
“We won’t have as many opportunities in the Premiership so we need to make sure that when we do have chances we take them.
“As you get closer to Northampton, everyone’s focus changes and it doesn’t take a huge amount of conscious effort. Next week will bring a different intensity again.”
Humphreys has selected a close to full strength side for the final warm-up with four changes from the side that demolished Munster.
Dan Robson replaces Greig Laidlaw at scrum-half, Tom Palmer partners Tom Savage in the second-row, Yann Thomas comes in at loosehead prop while Ross Moriarty starts ahead of Sione Kalamafoni.
Ben Morgan will also start against his former side.
But there is still no place for Nick Wood who is still struggling to overcome a back spasm with no time frame for a return.
Humphreys said: “Nick won’t be playing this week, he’s still recovering. At this early stage of the season we’re not going to rush him back, we’re going to give him as much time as he needs.
“It’s not a long-term concern but you don’t want a niggle becoming something chronic and apart from Nick we have a full deck to pick from so let’s wait until he is 100 per cent.”
It has been a disjoined pre-season for the Cherry and Whites, following a summer of upheaval with coaches arriving at various times.
But Humphreys reckons the Gloucester coaching staff will have a much clearer idea of the squad’s progression following their clash with the Scarlets.
He added: “During the last two weeks there has been a big progression from Yorkshire to Munster with the set-piece, a good shape to our game but we were careless with the ball.
“That’s normal for pre-season but this week there’s been a focus on making sure those mistakes don’t happen. The Scarlets will give us a really good test, they’ve recruited well and have a strong starting XV, they will test us defensively and that’s the best preparation for Saints.
“You would assume that the week before their season they will be strong. After this match we will have a much clearer idea to how we are settling in.
“Not many people enjoy pre-season but it’s a means to an end and everyone looks forward to getting started against Northampton.”
Starting XV: Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Billy Twelvetrees (capt), Jonny May; James Hook, Dan Robson; Yann Thomas, Richard Hibbard, John Afoa; Tom Savage, Tom Palmer; Ross Moriarty, Matt Kvesic, Ben Morgan.
Reps: Dan Murphy, Aleki Lutui, Elliott Stooke, James Hudson, Sione Kalamafoni, Jacob Rowan, Callum Braley, Aled Thomas, Shane Monahan, Mark Atkinson, Tom Isaacs, Henry Purdy, Steve McColl.