Sevens glory can lead to more silverware – Thomas
CAPTAIN courageous Martyn Thomas reckons the impact that his sevens side showed in Bath can offer confidence for the Cherry and Whites to succeed again this season.
The former Llanelli Scarlet and Newport-Gwent Dragon lifted Gloucester's first piece of silverware this year and believes it will prove vital in the club's build-up to the new Aviva Premiership season.
"We came here to win this evening," he said. "There was no doubt that it was going to be difficult but the boys stuck at it and I am really proud of the guys.
"Defences can win you games in the sevens. We've worked hard in the week on the contact area and structure, everything.
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"Like I say, the boys nailed it this evening."
The 25-year-old sustained a slight injury to his elbow during the proceedings but it is unlikely to rule him out of playing for Gloucester in the World Club 7s at Twickenham on Saturday and Sunday.
"We did it for ourselves, our coaches, our fans," he said. "It was one big effort from everyone.
"The sevens and the 15s games are totally different, but we can take some confidence from this and hopefully take it into the Premiership and Heineken Cup.
"There's a lot of youngsters in this team and they showed what they can do on the bigger stage.
"The likes of Steph Reynolds, he's got pace to burn, and, if he can get a little bit of game time in pre-season, I don't see why he can't play in these Premiership games coming up."