It's time for us to monopolise our rivals: Cook
THE next time Gloucester leave it right to the very last minute, the Cherry and Whites will not pass Go, they will not collect £200 – they will go straight to Prisoner Cell Block Defeat.
That's the verdict of a relieved Rob Cook, who thinks the Kingsholm men have played their entire hand of positive fate after Friday's last-gasp win over Worcester.
Jonny May probably would have scored when Worcester full-back Errie Claassens tripped him in Friday night's final play.
But Cook admits the penalty try awarded by the Television Match Official that turned defeat into 29-23 victory was certainly a stroke of luck.
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"I think we've used our get-out-of-jail card," conceded the 28-year-old Gloucester full-back, who wants his side to tidy up their attacking act.
"We dominated the game, but we always made sure they were still involved.
"At one point we should have kicked on, but we let them back in with a silly intercept try.
"We managed to create that chance towards the end, and it was more relief than anything at the win.
"I think we get in the right places, but we need to step up our patience and accuracy.
"A little knock-on here or a misplaced passed there, there's always something else stopping us.
"It's not the same thing over and over again, so the only way to combat that is to tighten everything up.
"Sooner or later we're really going to click and hopefully we'll really dispatch a side!"
Cook believes Gloucester must appreciate the enormity of that monumental Worcester reprieve – and honour it – starting with victory at Bath on Friday (kick-off 8pm).
Relishing his first foray at another new ground in an impressive debut Premiership campaign, the former Cornish Pirate said Gloucester must steel themselves for one of their toughest games of the season.
He continued: "If we'd lost that it would have been back to the drawing board.
"But we won, and we can look to the positives and try to sharpen up on what we need to improve.
"We've got the win behind us as we head up to The Rec, and we can't wait for it.
"Every place I go away is a new experience for me.
"I've never played at The Rec before, and it's unbelievable.
"The first derby here was fantastic, and I cannot wait to get stuck into it.
"If we can come away with a result on Friday, then we'll be in great shape."