WILY centre Henry Trinder prides himself on timing his runs to perfection.
But the 23-year-old admits he misjudged his bolt back into Gloucester action after three months on the sidelines.
The Cirencester midfielder knows how to cut a line to outfox a defence, but feels he jumped the gun in his haste to return from a groin strain.
Trinder rushed back for Gloucester's 31-26 Amlin Challenge Cup victory in Bordeaux on January 11.
At first he thought his comeback had been a success, especially after claiming two tries in the 36-16 Kingsholm triumph over Mont de Marsan.
But then he only made it to half-time in Gloucester's 26-7 LV=Cup defeat at Northampton Saints a week later.
The groin strain flared again – and he was forced into two weeks of total rest.
After missing out on cup defeat to Bath and league victory at Northampton though, Trinder came off the bench in the closing stages of Sunday's 33-29 Wasps defeat.
Returning to the side as one of two changes for tonight's visit of Worcester (kick-off 7.45pm), Trinder is hoping to make it second time lucky – and kick into form for the rest of the season.
He explained: "I came back a few weeks ago and had a few games, but it wasn't quite right, so I had to take a step back.
"So it's good to get out there now, I've got a bit more confidence in my body and how it's going to hold up, so I'm ready to go and hopefully I can make a difference on the field now.
"I needed that extra little recovery time.
"When you've been out for three months you're just desperate to get back as soon as you can, and sometimes you've just got to hold on.
"Maybe it can be the wrong choice to come back but you make it anyway, hoping that you might pull through.
"Unfortunately that wasn't the case.
"So I've taken a step back, had two weeks off just to rest completely, then got back into the rehab and it's done its job.
"That rest did the trick and hopefully now I can hit form for the rest of the season.
"A local derby at home, that's all you want really.
"So I want to make an impression, and that's only going to add to the pressure that I like playing under.
"I hope I have a good game, and I'm confident I'm where I need to be as I come back.
"I've been feeling good in training, the boys have gone well and hopefully I can add to that now."
Shocked to discover centre partner Mike Tindall is primed for his 150th competitive Gloucester appearance tonight, Trinder hailed the World Cup winner's enduring top-level qualities.
"Oh god! He's old isn't he?" laughed the young pretender.
"He's more than ten years older than me, we always have a bit of a giggle about that, so you can put that in there.
"He's had almost 100 games more than me I think.
"It's great to be back in the centre with him, we've played there a lot before, and he's a massively calming influence."
After the frustrations of last week's Wasps defeat, Trinder said Gloucester must be clinical now in order to start climbing the Premiership table.
He added: "Last week was a game in our eyes we should have won, but we didn't finish the chances we had.
"And that's the way it goes – if you don't take your opportunities then you don't win.
"You can control the game as much as you like, but if you don't take the chances you create, you will lose.
"Fair play to Wasps they took theirs.
"And not getting that win puts some extra pressure on us, especially going into this one at home.
"Nigel's had a word about our home form and how we've got to bring it back up now, off the back of our two away showings.
"We've got to make sure we don't step off the gas just because it is at home."
Trinder replaces Tim Molenaar as Tindall's centre partner for tonight's Kingsholm clash.
Dan Murphy replaces Nick Wood in the only change from the side that lost to Wasps.
Gloucester: Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Mike Tindall (capt), Jonny May; Ryan Mills, Dan Robson; Dan Murphy, Darren Dawidiuk, Rupert Harden; Lua Lokotui, Will James; Tom Savage, Akapusi Qera, Sione Kalamafoni. Reps: Huia Edmonds, Nick Wood, Dario Chistolini, Peter Buxton, Andy Hazell, Dave Lewis, Tim Molenaar, Martyn Thomas