I'll look at myself for the way we started - Nigel Davies
NIGEL Davies thinks he might have been to blame for Gloucester's sluggish first-half in Saturday's West Country derby victory.
The candid Kingsholm boss praised his resilient side for turning a ten-point deficit on its head to emerge victorious 16-10 over bitter rivals Bath.
In a frank assessment of his preparation schedule, Davies admitted he will review whether he should have pushed his squad harder in midweek training.
Relieved and delighted the Cherry and Whites fended off the shock of Stephen Donald's first-minute try, Davies explained: "I'll have to look at myself for that start.
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"We had a very intensive training week in the build-up to London Welsh, it was set up that way purposely.
"And then because of the short turnaround for this game we had a lighter intensity week in the preparation for Bath.
"And perhaps that had something to do with the start, so that will definitely be something I review.
"Maybe we're not in a position yet where we can do that."
Davies explained a half-time refocus centred on asking his powerful runners to hit wider channels.
He continued: "We were just too tight in the first-half, and we were carrying in areas where we weren't effective.
"So we wanted to play slightly wider, which was part of the prep going into this game, hitting holes between defenders.
"And when we did that, all of a sudden it became far more effective and the opportunities started to present themselves."
Hailing the Kingsholm crowd's passionate part in proceedings, Davies added: "It was a great experience for me, it was my first derby game and it was very humbling.
"It was fantastic, and who wouldn't want to play for them?"