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David Humphreys calls for a ruthless approach as Gloucester head to Scarlets in final friendly

By The Citizen  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

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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.

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  • freshhglaws2  |  September 02 2014, 4:08PM

    Come out! Come out glawsteruk1 wherever you are! Oh, I forgot, he can't because he has been BANNED! How about you glawsteruk2, are you going to make an appearance? Oh, I forgot, he can't either because he has been BANNED too! So the Gloucester and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll has signed up with another identity of glawsteruk. I bet he had to ask his mummy for that one. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

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  • Nick_Iewis43  |  September 02 2014, 4:03PM

    Laughing at the clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll glawsteruk/glawsteruk1/glawsteruk2 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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  • kenfarnwood2  |  September 02 2014, 3:34PM

    The multi-ID troll, glawsteruk/glawsteruk1/glawsteruk2, is a sad lonely gullible old man. His pretence to being a Gloucester Rugby supporter is absolutely hilarious. He has no idea where Kingsholm is or who any of the Gloucester Rugby players are. Sad... very sad indeed! #Harden owned the number 3 shirt last season without a doubt.

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  • Nick_Iewis43  |  September 02 2014, 3:32PM

    Oh which troll shall glawsteruk be today? Is it "glawsteruk1" or "glawsteruk2" or maybe he's NOTArugbylover or peh45. Whichever one he decides he is, he will invariably be absolutely clueless. #Harden owned the number 3 shirt last season. He had no real competition for it.

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  • freshhglaws2  |  September 02 2014, 3:28PM

    I love the way, week after week last season, that Rupҽrt Hardҽn planted a great big dollop of egg on the face of the multi-ID troll "glawsteruk" aka THE BANNED "glawsteruk1" aka "glawsteruk2" (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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  • kenfarnwood2  |  September 02 2014, 3:26PM

    The BANNED multi-troll glawsteruk1/glawsteruk2 and so on, now calling himself glawsteruk. 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 proved him so wrong time after time over the last two seasons with his brilliant displays of tight head rugby.

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  • Nick_Iewis43  |  September 02 2014, 3:25PM

    What a complete and utter sado "glawsteruk" aka THE BANNED "glawsteruk1" aka "glawsteruk2" is. He is a total loser and the most pathetic person ever. No wonder he has been BANNED under his numerous previous troll identities. He knows absolutely zilch about rugby union. #Harden proved time and time again for Gloucester Rugby, what a class act he is and why the scrum became less of a force without him.

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  • kenfarnwood2  |  September 02 2014, 3:23PM

    Who cares what the Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn multi-troll and RENT-A-QUOTE "glawsteruk" aka THE BANNED "glawsteruk1" aka "glawsteruk2" thinks?! He isn't a Gloucester Rugby supporter and he is the most clueless person ever when it comes to rugby union.

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  • freshhglaws2  |  September 02 2014, 3:18PM

    It's hilarious the way the RENT-A-QUOTE and Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll switches from his "galwsteruk1/glawsteruk2" identities to his new "glawsteruk" identity expecting everyone to take him seriously. Rupҽrt Hardҽn - Gloucester Rugby's stand-out tight head from the last 2 seasons.

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  • Nick_Iewis43  |  September 02 2014, 3:10PM

    ...And up pops the Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll and RENT-A-QUOTE, "glawsteruk" aka THE BANNED "glawsteruk1" aka "glawsteruk2", with his usual drivel demonstrating again that he hasn't got the first clue about rugby union. Remember, he has never been to any Gloucester Rugby games and he has no idea where Kingsholm is or who any of the players are. He most certainly has never, ever played the game and, once again, he has just proven how clueless and dull he is.

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