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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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|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Welsh|
|15:00||London Irish vs Northampton|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Leicester|
|Sunday 5th October|
|14:00||Sale vs Wasps|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|Friday 10th October|
|19:45||Leicester vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 11th October|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Irish|
|15:15||Northampton vs Sale|
|Sunday 12th October|
|14:00||Wasps vs Bath|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Northampton vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
|Wasps 20 - 16 Northampton|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Exeter 20 - 24 Leicester|
|Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 53 - 26 London Welsh|
|Friday 12th September|
|Harlequins 0 - 39 Saracens|
|Sunday 7th September|
|London Welsh 0 - 52 Exeter|
|Saturday 6th September|
|London Irish 15 - 20 Harlequins|
|Leicester 36 - 17 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 29 Bath|
|Saracens 34 - 28 Wasps|
|Friday 5th September|
|Northampton 53 - 6 Gloucester|
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