Gloucester Rugby: We'll be looking to make things happen - Trinder
HENRY Trinder is ready to lead Gloucester's try-scoring cavalry call as a glut of fit-again attacking talents aim to hit full tilt.
Wily centre Trinder will taste his first Cherry and Whites action in three months tonight, as Gloucester take on Bordeaux at Stade Andre Moga (kick-off 7pm GMT).
The 23-year-old has not played since sustaining a groin strain in Gloucester's last trip to France – the 11-6 victory at Mont de Marsan on October 11.
Also reporting for duty after lengthy injury is speed king Jonny May, and Trinder hopes the duo can help spark an attacking revival for the Kingsholm men.
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And with Ryan Mills also set to return to duty from injury, Trinder is excited about the havoc they can cause.
The Cirencester-raised midfielder said: "Myself, Jonny May and Ryan Mills, we'll all hopefully be able to add a wider aspect and something to the running game.
"Of course we'll stick to the structure, but hopefully we'll be able to make something happen within that.
"It will be great to get out there with the boys and hopefully we can create some good chances and score some good tries.
"That might give us a bit of bragging rights with the other boys!"
Rapid wing May's knee ligament strain was only meant to sideline him for a few weeks, but lingering troubles have kept him out since late September.
Muscular playmaker Mills is yet to feature this season, after undergoing knee surgery in August to repair a genetic defect.
Add in Trinder's troubles and Gloucester's backline cupboard has almost been bare at times.
Player-backs coach Mike Tindall has had to step into the breach more than anticipated and Trinder said the World Cup winner has earned himself a rest after a string of impressive showings.
Trinder said he was relieved to be ready to return, even two weeks behind the original schedule.
He continued: "Guys have had to play a lot of rugby in the backline because of the injuries we've had there.
"So it's great to have a few guys coming back to fitness, and I think that's refreshing for the whole squad.
"Tinds can probably slip into his coaching role a bit more now!
"He's played really well, and he's probably played a lot more than he would have imagined at the start of the season.
"And credit to him he's gone really well, he's shown that he's still got it, and now hopefully with a few more players available it will take a bit of pressure off him.
"It's felt like a very long time to be injured, and the boys have been doing very well as well so it's been tough to miss out on that.
"The team have done a great job, and hopefully now I can get involved in all that now I'm fit.
"We didn't really initially know what was wrong with it until the scans came in, so I had a few days of guessing what the injury was.
"Unfortunately it was a lot longer than we first expected and whenever you hear something like that as a player you're always gutted.
"But quickly then you've got to knuckle down and work hard to get fit.
"When it's all scheduled out I'm back about two weeks late, but overall I'm fine with that – I'm just happy to make sure I'm fit.
"The medics and physios know far more than me when it's right to be back, and I've obviously just listened and followed their advice.
"It's being sensible, as a player you just want to be fit as soon as possible, but if you do try to come back too soon then you could end up causing damage again."
Targeting victory tonight to raise hopes of a home Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final, Trinder said there is nothing like big European knights at Kingsholm – just like last season's classic 34-24 Toulouse victory.
He added: "With all the stuff Nigel (Davies) has done and all the new players that have come in, I don't think anyone would have expected us to be around the top four come Christmas time.
"And obviously it's been unfortunate to drop out of that.
"But it just shows how well we've done because I think we're only at about maybe 70 per cent of where we can be.
"The whole squad feel we can push on, and that's the challenge.
"The Toulouse game at Kingsholm last year was an amazing atmosphere, probably one of the best I've ever experienced.
"We want more of those and we know what we need to do to get them."
Gloucester v Bordeaux Begles: Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Tim Molenaar, Jonny May; Freddie Burns, Dan Robson; Nick Wood, Darren Dawidiuk, Dario Chistolini; Jim Hamilton (capt), Will James; Sione Kalamafoni, Akapusi Qera, Ben Morgan. Replacements: Huia Edmonds, Dan Murphy, Shaun Knight, Peter Buxton, Gareth Evans, Dave Lewis, Mike Tindall, Martyn Thomas.