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By Nick_Purewal  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

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THREE gruelling Friday trips to west Wales set Gloucester in motion for an assault on their wretched away form.

The Cherry and Whites coaching staff purposely designed a nasty set of circumstances for the Kingsholm squad on their trio of pre-season trips to Pembrey County Park.

Strength and conditioning boss Paddy Anson believes building punishing training schedules in between the return bus trip set the right mindset for away travel, right from the off.

Former Royal Marine Anson revealed to Tuesday night’s fans forum at Kingsholm that sequence of challenges has definitely helped Gloucester get a handle on their away performances.

Gloucester broke new ground in Kingsholm’s 1873 on Tuesday, streaming the fans forum live online.

Executive chairman Ryan Walkinshaw was able to watch on from Australia, while supporters from any location could tweet in questions for the panel of coaches Nigel Davies, Carl Hogg and Anson.

Early-season Premiership wins at London Irish and London Welsh, coupled with a gritty European victory at Mont de Marsan, have boosted the Cherry and Whites from the away-day malaise of recent years.

Anson explained: “On all three of those days the sessions down there were designed to be tough, and also every time the weather was pretty nasty too.

“I think that helped set the standard for what the players expect to find when they are travelling.”

Resilience has been the watchword for Gloucester’s early-season success, as the Cherry and Whites have climbed to second in the Premiership table.

Forwards coach Carl Hogg believes Gloucester’s revamped gameplan has helped take the Kingsholm men beyond a high-risk attack-or-bust strategy.

Hogg said: “This year we’ve been able to build a great ability to retain the ball.

“We used to have almost a Kevin Keegan mentality, to take that from his days at Newcastle United in a football capacity, where if they score three we would back ourselves to score four.

“When it worked it was fantastic and we were able to score some fantastic tries and play some startling rugby.

“But too often it broke.

“Now we’ve been able to build in an approach that allows us to keep the ball for longer periods, build pressure on the opposition and then hopefully take advantage of that.”

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  • RubenHall  |  November 28 2012, 11:31PM

    If they are looking for a young prop just entering the prime years of his career, Harden is the man for England.

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  • jasonbennett3  |  November 28 2012, 11:07PM

    Not only Harden but they would do well to call Tindall up again.

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  • CamCampbell  |  November 28 2012, 10:54PM

    Harden's call up could well come for the 6N.

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  • Nick_Iewis  |  November 28 2012, 10:47PM

    I would never rail against any of our players getting called up by any of the national teams. Harden would deserve the honour if/when he gets called up again.

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  • JBuddy  |  November 28 2012, 10:29PM

    It is a dilemma for Gloucester supporters, seeing their players getting their just reward with an international call up but then the same player, of course, being unavailable for the club. When Rupert gets his call up, his will be well and truly deserved.

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  • Straw90  |  November 28 2012, 10:04PM

    Well he is the first choice and starting tight head. That is a key position. The squad would be a lot weaker if Harden was unavailable.

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  • walker1105  |  November 28 2012, 9:58PM

    It was good to here such high praise from the panel for Harden.

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  • TommoOfGlaws  |  November 28 2012, 9:52PM

    Not only was the troll copelandman not there, he doesn't even go to any games. He's probably never been to Gloucester either.

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  • RoccoAgain  |  November 28 2012, 9:45PM

    I like the praise that was given to the front row players, particularly Rupert harden. He certainly deserves it.

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  • Karbonn  |  November 28 2012, 9:30PM

    Keep on trolling. You have been worked out. You are the multi identity troll.

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