'Holm-work was a real Davies masterstroke
MOVING training to Kingsholm on Tuesday was a psychological master-stroke from Nigel Davies.
It was great management skills in my opinion – because it gave the lads a chance to get their bearings, both mental and physical, at our home ground again.
We've lost games at home to London Irish and Bath where we have struggled, and we know we need to hit back against Worcester tomorrow night.
Nigel made the point that if we transfer our away form from the last two matches back home then we will be in with a good shout of victory.
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And moving training from our usual Hartpury College base just made everyone think again about what it means to play at Kingsholm.
The sun was out, there was a real buzz about the session and everyone finished on a high.
Playing at Wasps on Sunday and then against Worcester tomorrow is a short turnaround.
And in weeks like this the mental challenge is the biggest test.
Keeping guys feeling fresh and on their feet is a real skill, and I think Nigel has managed that very well.
Nigel wants us to really embrace the Kingsholm experience, and part of that is about not letting it get on top of you.
Rather than feel burdened by the expectation we should relish the chance to give the fans what they deserve – relax, play with a bit of freedom and get the win.
In last week's 33-29 Wasps defeat there were several situations where we had good field position but then could not turn that into points.
The odd dropped ball or loose pass could have been a sign of slight unease, and so I think that's why Nigel wanted everyone to relax just a little.
Hopefully we'll produce fewer errors in those situations now, and that will pay off on the scoreboard tomorrow.