Gloucester Rugby: I hope to be fit to face Bath, says Matt Cox
MATT Cox hopes to beat bruising on the bone in time to fight for more shuddering collisions in Friday night's West Country derby.
Bone-crunching action in Saturday's 26-10 Munster defeat left flanker Cox with dead-leg like bruising to his tibiofibular joint.
The former Worcester loose-forward was forced out of the fray at half-time, frustrated to miss out on the latter stages at Thomond Park.
Gloucester boss Nigel Davies mixed up selection to give a host of patient players their chance to impress in first-team action in Limerick last weekend.
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Cox had his first chance in the first team this season at Munster, after impressing continually in A League action for Gloucester United.
And now he hopes his short-term injury will heal up in time for him to battle for selection for the Premiership trip to The Recreation Ground on Friday.
He explained: "The boys had a point to prove, it was confrontational and physical, and we had to meet that head-on.
"Nigel told us to bar up, to give it everything, and from what I saw I think everyone fronted up.
"And now we move on again.
"It was a bit of a teaser really, I took a whack on the tib-fib joint, and it just makes it impossible to run, a whack on the bone.
"I came in at half-time and tried to walk it off, but as soon as it came to running I just couldn't.
"I didn't want to be the one causing problems for the team, so I had to come off.
"I really enjoyed the first 40 minutes though, but it was just a shame I couldn't keep going.
"The biggest frustration is that I think I tend to play better in the second half of games, as things develop and you get a handle on the set-up of the game.
"You get a feel for what's going on, you know what to expect for the second half, and then you deliver, hopefully.
"So it was tough to have to come off. It's not a dead leg but it's similar, a whack on the bone that causes bruising.
"Hopefully I won't be out for long at all and it will heal pretty quickly.
"They have said that every time I play in the A games I put my hand up every time, so it's just waiting for your shot.
"I got a shot on Saturday, and hopefully I can have shown my worth a little bit in that 40 minutes.
"Hopefully I'll get another chance soon, maybe when boys are away with England.
"Maybe there could be an opening for the weekend, and I'd love to play against Bath, of course.
"Those derby games are brutal, but they're compelling.
"They're the games you want to play."
Redditch-born Cox praised rugby director Davies' plan to shake up selection in the first Heineken Cup fortnight, to help determine his first-choice line-up.
And now the abrasive 25-year-old back-rower hopes he can convince Davies he is worthy of more regular action.