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Rob Cook demands Gloucester Rugby come out all guns blazing against Worcester Warriors

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

Rob Cook demands Gloucester Rugby come out all guns blazing against Worcester Warriors

Rob Cook demands Gloucester fight fire with fire

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ROB Cook has urged Gloucester to fight fire with fire in Sunday’s Severnside derby.

Worcester Warriors make the short trip down the M5 on the back of a dismal run of results and have not won in the Premiership since March.

The Cherry and Whites expect a full-blown assault from Dean Ryan’s relegation threatened side.

But Cook has called on Gloucester to unleash their frustrations following last week’s European loss to Edinburgh.

Cook said: “They will come out all guns blazing. We’ve watched them a lot and they play a lot of good rugby.

“But every game is like a cup final now for us now.

“We’ve got ourselves into this position and we have to get ourselves out of it and the weekend is a perfect way to start.

“It’s just a massive game, Dean Ryan and Carl Hogg are down there which adds a dimension and we just want to put things right after what happened last week.

“I’ve not been down like I was after Edinburgh for a long time We had a massive opportunity and we not only let ourselves down but let the fans down.

“It’s been a tough week but we’re ready to get out there and put it right. We need to get a bit of momentum going into the New Year.”

The pack laid solid foundations against the Scots but the backline failed to exert any control or direction at Kingsholm.

Cook does not want the Cherry and White to stop expressing themselves in attack but is all too aware they must play in the right areas.

Billy Twelvetrees likely to pull on the number 10 jersey, with Freddie Burns paying the price for a string of under-par performances.

Cook said: “We got a lot of joy the previous week in broken play but Edinburgh changed their kick chase, really put us under pressure and we didn’t stay in that battle.

“We tried to do things that simply weren’t on and didn’t adapt to the conditions or what they were doing.

“We need to be a bit more conservative. As a backline we took full blame for that loss, we didn’t put the pack in the right areas, they scored a fantastic try but we didn’t control the game.

“Worcester have a very structured game plan, don’t play much rugby in their own half. They’re a very physical game and will be big at the breakdown but we know what to expect and will be ready for it. It’s not going to be pretty but it will be one hell of a game.

“We want to play rugby and run from deep but ultimately there has to be times when we just get the ball down there and let them make a mistake.”

Gloucester face London Irish the following weekend and Cook reckons one crucial win can be a turning point for the remainder of the season.

Cook said: “We have two massive games in a critical part of the season but can only take it one game at a time but if we perform I’m confident we win get the result.

“We need momentum and if you get into a winning habit those close games go your way. At the moment it’s going the other way. We’re never that far away but it’s always fine margins the deceive us.”

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  • chuycastillos  |  December 22 2013, 6:58PM

    The best way of beating Worcester is for the club to ensure that Rupҽrt Hardҽn, our best and most talented tight head prop, gets onto the pitch ASAP and for him to play as long as possible.

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