Gloucester Rugby: Billy Twelvetrees on the Northampton game
BILLY Twelvetrees is not going to promise Gloucester will finally do themselves justice against Northampton.
The Kingsholm centre will offer no big pronouncement that two wretched defeats are mere blips on the radar.
The frustrated 24-year-old has no battle rhetoric this week: he just wants a win.
Gloucester host Northampton Saints at Kingsholm tomorrow (kick-off 3.15pm), and Twelvetrees admits the time for Nigel Davies' men to prove themselves is well overdue.
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He said: "We feel like we're where we need to be now, results aside.
"We just didn't front-up in the first game, but that was far better at Saracens.
"The reality is with 14 and at one point 13 men against a side of Saracens' ability, then it's always going to be tough.
"We feel like we're starting to click, and we're quietly confident about what we can achieve once we get going. I'm not too worried and I don't think anyone else is either – provided we now set things right.
"The boys are itching to get out there, and prove to everyone just how good we are, and right some wrongs.
"It's a great physical and technical challenge.
"It's a simple game, we've just got to turn up on the day and prove ourselves this time.
"There's been enough chat: we just want to get on with it."
Twelvetrees believes Gloucester have already rid the frustrations of their 22-16 opening-day defeat to Sale – despite compounding that loss at Saracens on Sunday.
Gloucester's 44-12 loss at Allianz Park was hardly the desired riposte in Premiership round two, but Twelvetrees said the reaction to Nick Wood's red card raises hopes for a corner turned.
The Cherry and Whites spent 68 minutes with 14 men and a further 10 with 13, after Wood's second-minute dismissal.
Twelvetrees said they must now carry the same grit and physicality into tomorrow's Northampton test.
He continued: "We were a lot happier with our performance against Saracens than we were against Sale, so we've been feeling a lot better about ourselves this week, despite the result.
"The scoreline looked bad in the end, but the way we felt afterwards didn't reflect that.
"The boys are looking to get back to Kingsholm, to put some pride back into the shirt.
"We want Kingsholm to be a fortress, and that battle starts again tomorrow.
"You can't underestimate how important it can be for team morale and self-belief to get that first win of the season.
"A lot of individuals are frustrated with their performances and how things have gone in the last two weeks, but that's how it goes sometimes.
"But we've got to work hard for everything, and to put things right.
"It's going to be physical against Saints, but that's just the way we like it.
"It's a results-based game, sometimes you don't care how you get over the line as long as you do.
"But rugby's a simple game: run hard, tackle hard.
"And we've worked on that this week. Sometimes you can overcomplicate it.
"They've got a big, physical pack, a lot of superstars in their team and a class backline.
"So it should be a great match.
"You always want to play against the big players, the likes of George North, Luther Burrell, Stephen Myler and many more, it's a big test.
"There would be no better way to kick on now than to go up against all of those guys, and come away with a win."