It's time to hit back in style now says Sinbad
SLOPPY Gloucester do not have the right to feel sorry for themselves after Saturday's Sale Sharks shaming, believes James Simpson-Daniel.
The stealthy wing still believes the Cherry and Whites can kick-start their new Premiership season – admittedly a week behind schedule – at Saracens on Sunday (2pm).
Gloucester will make their first-ever trip to Saracens' new Allianz Park home ground, desperate to register a first league win in Barnet.
Simpson-Daniel admitted the shortcomings that led to 22-16 Sale defeat on Saturday simply cannot materialise again.
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The 31-year-old has challenged the Cherry and Whites to put their heads together this week, and solve their litany of problems without delay.
He explained: "We are sorry to the supporters and the club for what happened on Saturday – but we can't feel sorry for ourselves any more, that's the difference.
"I would say we don't have the right to feel sorry for ourselves.
"It was pretty clear what the problems were on Saturday, everyone could see it.
"No one's hiding from that, so we'll just confront things head-on this week now.
"Sale were more dogged than us, they were grittier than us and they outworked us in the first 50 minutes. We pride ourselves on our fitness, work-rate and determination.
"We did come back into things, but it just wasn't good enough or sharp enough for the crucial part that eventually decided the game."
Saracens dispatched London Irish 42-20 in the Twickenham double-header on Saturday.
Head coach Mark McCall's side needed little time to get into the groove, racking up four tries, and two for free-running hooker Jamie George.
The Fezheads have adapted quickly to their synthetic pitch at their new ground, expanding their usual pragmatic style.
So Gloucester must prepare for an attacking onslaught from their hosts this weekend – and Simpson-Daniel knows it.
He continued: "We've got to come together this week, clear the air quickly – realise that we don't deserve the time to be downbeat – and hit back in style and I genuinely think we can do that."