Keep it clean and Gloucester can beat Leicester Tigers - Davies
KEEP Kingsholm tidy – that's the message from Nigel Davies as Gloucester prepare to face Premiership powerhouses Leicester Tigers.
Rugby director Davies believes Gloucester must stay error-free on Saturday – to keep the Tigers at bay.
The Cherry and Whites entertain Leicester at Kingsholm (kick-off 4.45pm), in the first of a testing Premiership double-header.
Gloucester travel to Harlequins on Saturday week, with boss Davies well aware these two matches will shed further light on his side's season-long potential.
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Former Llanelli Scarlets boss Davies was frustrated with Gloucester's second-half malaise against Bordeaux on Thursday night.
After blasting in four tries before the break, none followed after it.
Gloucester triumphed 25-13, but left Kingsholm feeling flat.
Now the former Wales centre has called on his men to produce a solid performance in all areas against Leicester, to extend their seven-game unbeaten sequence.
Davies explained: "We're not playing to our potential but we're getting results.
"Our ability to adapt has been crucial and it will certainly need to be once again in these two weeks now.
"Resilience has obviously been a feature of our early-season matches, but what we've got to do now is make sure we don't bring pressure upon ourselves.
"Little things can make big differences in that respect – we've got to be tidy and accurate with things like clearance kicks.
"If you keep those sorts of things clean, then you give yourself a big helping hand, because there's no doubt that teams of the calibre of Leicester will always threaten you under their own steam.
"So we've got to make sure we don't give them any help."
Keen for his side to keep improving on the flair front, Davies said they will still need a fair dose of old-fashioned grit this weekend.
He continued: "If we can add a few more moments like we saw in the first half then this team has certainly got potential.
"This team is capable of producing those flair moments, but the whole package is the challenge for us.
"We've got a lot more resilience maybe than in the past, and we're going to need that now. Leicester will stretch any side, and to beat teams like that it all revolves around how you handle that pressure, but also take your chances when they come.
"The players are very focused on what we need to do though, so hopefully we can make that happen."