Gloucester Rugby: Squad strength is a spur for Big Ben
EXPLOSIVE impact substitutes can help propel Gloucester over the Premiership winning line, believes number eight Ben Morgan.
The 23-year-old summer Llanelli Scarlets capture believes Gloucester's powerful replacements bench can carry them to victory in the tightest of contests this term.
After narrowly missing out on overturning a hefty half-time deficit against Northampton, Morgan said the Cherry and Whites must exploit the full extent of their squad to record a victory at London Irish on Saturday.
Impressed by the Kingsholm side's improvements during their 24-19 Saints defeat, Morgan said Gloucester cannot be satisfied with plucky defeats.
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He explained: "That second half showed that we can definitely beat sides of that calibre, we outperformed Northampton and that's a good sign.
"But we can't rest on positives, we've got to kick on and start getting results.
"We know we've got more in the tank and more to offer, and it's just about delivering that correctly and then we'll be hard to handle.
"It is all about us getting our game right, and if we can do that we'll be hard to handle.
"When you see the guys coming off the bench and making huge impacts, that can make a real difference to the result.
"If you start and you know there will be changes during the match, that spurs you on.
"And if you are on the bench then you know you'll have a chance to get out there and add dynamism to the game in the last quarter.
"I played at Irish with the Scarlets last year, and I quite enjoyed playing up there.
"They are a good side to play against, they like to throw the ball around and play with ambition, and I think that's the type of style we play too, so it will be an exciting contest."
Humbled by the famous Kingsholm atmosphere, Gloucester-bred Morgan said gracing the hallowed turf will never lose its impact – but said it is time to focus on racking up a string of wins.
He continued: "What an atmosphere it is at Kingsholm.
"I've always been on the other side, and it's not until you're stood on the pitch that you can fully appreciate what that atmosphere is like.
"Especially the half-lap warm-up, that's pretty special.
"It's always going to be enjoyable playing at home, because of the crowd – that's what makes it.
"It's a special place to play, and that will never lose its appeal.
"But now it's about getting into our groove, and fast.
"We've had our chance and we failed to convert it.
"And we can't let that happen again."