Gloucester Rugby: We can lift the team spirits, says Bentley
JONNY Bentley reached for the badge on his shirt, momentarily distracted by a healthy splattering of blood.
The Kiwi fly-half caught breath after Monday's six-try A League victory over Worcester Cavaliers, and quickly plotted an upward curve for the Kingsholm men.
Bentley proudly offered the Gloucester crest forward to emphasise a point he hopes will boost Cherry and Whites morale this week.
As an incidental head wound dried up, Bentley ran the rule over Gloucester United's 34-3 Kingsholm victory over Worcester.
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But rather than stop at the merits of that opening A League win, the 27-year-old admitted he hopes the whole club can feel the benefit – and maybe even in Sunday's Premiership clash at Saracens (kick-off 2pm).
The former Cornish Pirate explained: "It's tough this Monday night stuff after a Saturday when boys didn't perform so well and there's disappointment around that.
"So we thought it was a really good opportunity to put some pride into the jersey.
"We came out attacking pretty hard, the forwards got us going, onto the front foot for ball, and that makes life pretty easy for the backs.
"It's definitely a step in the right direction, this win. Hopefully it can raise the mood a bit.
"We talk about wanting to win silverware as a club. We've done that in the sevens already this year, and the A League is important to us too.
"There's a lot of boys who were on the pitch on Monday all fighting hard.
"We might be out there for different personal reasons but we've all got something to prove, whether it be academy boys trying to make the step-up or boys trying to show they are ready for the Premiership.
"Different reasons, but the boys are all out there for something.
"And when you throw that Gloucester badge on, you've always got something big to play for, and that's what ties all of those different motivations together."
Trialist Luke Hume, Jimmy Cowan, Matt Cox, Martyn Thomas, Bentley and Jimmy Litchfield claimed Gloucester United's tries in that convincing Worcester win.
Now Bentley hopes that result can filter a better mood through the club, in advance of that intimidating Saracens test.
He continued: "Sometimes boys show up two hours before kick-off and they slot right in.
"It just goes to show the depth of the club, but the strength of the academy system too, that these guys can arrive and know what to do straight away.
"You wouldn't know who was full-time and who had just stepped in, and I can't praise that enough to be honest.
"Things didn't get off on the foot we would have wanted at the weekend.
"But it's a great chance to put things right now at Saracens.
"And if the win on Monday night can help with that in any small way then the boys that fought for that win against Worcester, I know they would be extremely proud of that."