Gloucester Rugby: Only best will do when we take on Leicester Tigers
ONLY the whole package will be good enough for Gloucester to emerge in credit from a testing Premiership double header, believes Nigel Davies.
The Cherry and Whites host Leicester at Kingsholm next Saturday (kick-off 4.45pm) before taking on Harlequins at The Stoop on November 3.
And Gloucester boss Davies has called on his charges to bring all facets of their developing game together in order to pull off results against last season's Premiership finalists.
Gloucester saw off Bordeaux Begles 25-13 on Thursday night, securing their try bonus point before half-time.
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But that opening-half verve was replaced by second-half wobbles, and the Cherry and Whites had to grind home rather than cakewalk to victory.
Rugby director Davies and his coaching team have completed a review of Gloucester's season so far – and now he will tweak his side's playing style this week.
Davies explained: "We finished our coaching review on Wednesday, and quite a lot of interesting things have come out of that.
"It was too late to put any of that into the team for the Bordeaux game, but certainly this week coming we'll be highlighting some of those things we need to tidy up and iron out.
"I had to have a gauge of where this team was, and they were definitely low on confidence and lacked that winning instinct.
"So we had to build from very shaky foundations and we had to concentrate on a few areas, and we've done that.
"And because of that we've been able to grind out some results.
"I think now we've got to look at moving that forward, and other aspects of our game forward.
"We've got a reasonably solid foundation in terms of what we started out to achieve, and we needed to, because we had to grab a foothold.
"We saw some flair in the first half against Bordeaux, and this team's capable of producing those special moments, there's no doubt about it.
"But now it's about producing the whole package, and that's going to be a real challenge for us.
"But we've got a lot more resilience maybe in the side this year than what they had last year."
Gearing up for Gloucester's toughest fortnight of the season so far, Davies said some of the sternest contests in rugby make the Premiership such an engaging challenge.
He continued: "It's great having those back-to-back challenges, that's why it's such a fantastic league.
"We look forward to those challenges.
"We may have to make some changes, but that's fine – all the guys know what the standard is and what's expected of them.
"We'll have a good week now off the back of the coaching reviews we've done, and we'll look to keep improving.
"We've lost one in eight and I'm sure if we'd said that to anyone at the start of the season we'd have taken that.
"And the good thing is – we're not playing to our potential but we're getting results.
"The grit and resilience, and the ability to adapt, that's fantastic.
"We have to have that adaptability, any successful side has that.
"If we can add a few more moments like we had in the first half, and add a bit more control, then this team has surely got potential."
Mike Tindall, Tim Taylor, Sione Kalamafoni and captain Jim Hamilton all trudged out of Thursday's Amlin Challenge Cup victory with injuries.
But Davies said only skipper Hamilton's blow is a potential cause for concern.
Hoping to have more concrete information by Monday, Davies added: "It's very difficult to say in the first 48 hours, but Jim doesn't look great.
"He suffered a rib injury so we'll just have to see.
"The others don't look too bad but we'll know much more clearly by next week.
"Kalamafoni took a bang on the knee but that looks like a soft tissue injury, while Tinds had a sore neck and Tim Taylor just took a heavy bang to the head."