Nigel Davies tells edgy Gloucester to relax and settle back into the Kingsholm routine
'ON EDGE' Gloucester must learn to relax and unwind in their own home – to do the first-rate Kingsholm fans proud, believes Nigel Davies.
The Gloucester boss switched Cherry and Whites training to Kingsholm yesterday, in a bid to cure his side's home-crowd nerves.
Rugby director Davies thinks Gloucester have suffered for their desperation to succeed in front of the Kingsholm supporters in recent weeks.
He spent time yesterday reminding his squad the cherry and white faithful are on their side – and always willing them to win.
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Davies told his players to forget their recent home reverses to London Irish in the Premiership and Bath in the LV=Cup.
And he hopes a bit of time settling back in at home after two-straight away clashes will pay dividend in Friday's Kingsholm Premiership clash against local rivals Worcester Warriors (kick-off 7.45pm).
Davies explained: "This week we've spent a bit more time at Kingsholm, to reacquaint ourselves with the ground.
"Our home form hasn't been good enough, so the boys have been getting a bit more familiar with the surroundings, because we owe our supporters a big performance this weekend.
"Our players may be a little bit on edge sometimes at home, and they've just got to relax a little bit more and play like they have been doing in the last two away games.
"If they do that here at Kingsholm, the crowd will get behind us, and we'll give them the big performance they deserve.
"We've hardly trained here all season, because of the weather conditions and to keep the pitch in its best nick really.
"We haven't had that much training time here, so I thought it was important this week that we did come down and get a better feel for the place, the environment and the dimensions, just to help us get our game working properly on this pitch."
Davies has spent time this week trying to change some perceptions within the Gloucester squad.
The former Wales centre has told his squad to embrace the fervent home support, and channel it to their advantage rather than let it become a problem.
Davies continued: "They are a fabulous support-base here, second-to-none really, and I think some of the players don't react to that as well as they should. So we've spoken about that, and relaxing about it, and really giving the home crowd something to cheer about on Friday night.
"That's what we'll aim to do.
"And if we bring the form of the last two games here, we'll do that, and there's no reason why we can't.
"We've just got to relax a little bit more in our own environment, it's not a big issue as far as I'm concerned, but it's just something we've tweaked slightly and hopefully we'll see the benefits on Friday.
"We've got to use the fantastic home support to our advantage."