We'll be ready for challenge at Saints – Kvesic
DEMOLITION man Matt Kvesic believes Gloucester must 'dismantle' Northampton at the breakdown to record their first Premiership win of the season.
The destructive openside flanker scrapped to the bitter end in Gloucester's 44-12 Saracens defeat at Allianz Park on Sunday.
And despite the five-try loss, the England loose-forward believes the Cherry and Whites still dominated the tackle area for the first 50 minutes.
Former Worcester back-rower Kvesic knows as well as anyone Nick Wood's second-minute red card wiped out any chance of a Gloucester victory in North London last weekend.
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But the 21-year-old was impressed with his side's resolve in disrupting Saracens' rhythm where possible.
Now the gritty turnover-hunter has challenged Gloucester to detonate Jim Mallinder's men's attacking platform by spoiling their continuity at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick-off 3.15pm).
"Saracens are one of the best sides in the league, so to go out and physically dominate them in the first half was extremely pleasing," admitted Kvesic.
"We worked hard at the breakdown and dismantled their play a little bit.
"But fair play to them, they came out and attacked well after the break.
"It was a pretty tough day, it's hard to put into words.
"We were really pleased with the first half, the boys dug in really well.
"To win that first half was really impressive.
"It was tough to keep that intensity on for the whole game, but at least we managed to make a good fight of things."
Gloucester supporter Kvesic grew up dreaming of turning out at Kingsholm, but he never envisaged that debut ending in galling defeat.
The Cherry and Whites hit a brick wall of Dan Braid and David Seymour over the breakdown in that 22-16 Sale defeat.
Kvesic knows that false start against the Sharks highlighted several Gloucester deficiencies.
But he is confident Nigel Davies' side took several big strides forward against Saracens and can cross the victory threshold against the Franklin's Gardens men on Saturday.
He said: "The breakdown was much better than against Sale, defensively we were far more aggressive than last week, and just as a unit we just performed a lot better.
"We certainly picked it up from last week. We've just got to be ourselves and find our way now really.
"As a specific group we're still trying to do that, and we can keep progressing that this weekend.
"Nigel was right that we played better against Saracens than we did against Sale.
"If we had played like that with 15 men on the park for 80 minutes we would have been right in there.
"What we can take from that mentally, it means we can front up under pressure and when we are in tough situations.
"And so we can definitely take that forward into Northampton.
"We ought to be proud of what we did, and we ought to let that boost us as we prepare to take on Saints.
"If we do the same this weekend hopefully we'll be right in the mix.
"Surrendering parity in numbers causes problems and always takes its toll.
"We wanted to cause Saracens more trouble in attack, but continuity gets harder and harder as time passes and people tire.
"New guys or old, everyone's part of the squad now, we've got to pull our fingers out and make sure we can start grinding out some results."