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- Aviva Premiership
- 8th Sep 2012
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Madejski Stadium
- Att: 5,828
'More to come' from Gloucester
Exiles boss pleased with improvement
Nigel Davies warned there was more to come from his new-look Gloucester side after they bounced back from their Aviva Premiership opening day defeat to win 40-31 at London Irish.
Director of rugby Davies praised his players for responding to defeat at home by Northampton with a victory over London Irish.
Davies said: "Our commitment and resilience is 100 per cent - our performance level is about 60. We can still get a lot better.
"One of the strengths we have in the squad is that we can put out a very competitive 23-man squad who can all make a big contribution.
"We will take a lot of confidence from this result."
Davies picked out 22-year-old fly-half Freddie Burns who kicked 25 points and laid on the all-important second try for left-wing James Simpson-Daniel, whose touchdown changed the course of the match.
Davies said: "Freddie was fantastic today. He's still young although he appears to have been around for a long time.
"He's really enthusiastic and it's great to work with somebody like that."
England number eight Ben Morgan's first try fo the club had got Gloucester back in the game after they trailed 14-9 as the interval approached.
Morgan beat four men on his way to the line and Davies said: "It was crucial. We had been on the back foot for most of that half. Ben showed what he is capable of doing.
"We have a relatively young side - particularly the backline, which is new. They are learning how to gel and evolve and it will get better."
Irish conceded 40 points for the second successive week after being thrashed 40-3 by Saracens in the London double header at Twickenham seven days earlier.
Director of rugby Brian Smith said: "It's disappointing but the big positive is that it was a much improved performance from last week.
"From an attack point of view we were a lot better today. We gave ourselves a chance to win the game - last week we weren't in the game.
"From a defence point of view we just need to close things out a bit better.
"To concede two late tries is disappointing but there's things to work on. We need to tidy up things up front and sort out the infringements."
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|Friday 24th April|
|19:45||Bath vs London Irish|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale Sharks vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Northampton vs Saracens|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 8th May|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Bath|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Wasps vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 10th May|
|14:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|Saturday 16th May|
|15:30||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:30||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:30||Bath vs Gloucester|
|15:30||Newcastle vs Harlequins|
|15:30||London Irish vs Wasps|
|15:30||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|Sunday 12th April|
|London Irish 25 - 23 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 13 - 40 Wasps|
|Exeter 21 - 10 Northampton|
|Saturday 11th April|
|Saracens 22 - 6 Leicester Tigers|
|Harlequins 29 - 26 Gloucester|
|Friday 10th April|
|Newcastle Falcons 19 - 29 Bath|
|Sunday 29th March|
|London Welsh 14 - 29 Bath|
|Sale Sharks 23 - 6 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|Saracens 42 - 14 Harlequins|
|London Irish 22 - 21 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 25 - 18 Exeter|
|Friday 27th March|
|Northampton 52 - 30 Wasps|
|Sunday 8th March|
|Newcastle Falcons 12 - 16 Leicester Tigers|
|Wasps 17 - 26 Saracens|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Gloucester 33 - 33 Northampton|
|Exeter 74 - 19 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 26 - 20 London Irish|
|Friday 6th March|
|Bath 12 - 3 Sale Sharks|
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