Humphreys eyeing Saracens scalp

Date published: November 21 2016

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Gloucester boss David Humphreys admitted his side are eyeing Saracens after turning in a hugely impressive performance to beat Wasps 36-18 at Kingsholm on Saturday.

Thomas Young crossed for the game’s first try, but Richard Hibbard’s response ensured that the hosts led 10-5 at the break.

Jimmy Gopperth’s boot nudged Wasps 11-10 ahead after the break, but Gloucester roared back through Mark Atkinson, Matt Scott, Henry Purdy and Charlie Sharples, with Young’s second score scant consolation.

And despite a win against the Premiership’s third-place side, Humphreys has his eye on a league clash with defending champions and pace-setters Saracens in Round 9.

Gloucester stunned Saracens in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, scoring at the death to win 36-32 and Humphreys is keen to use that as a turning point in their season.

“We will enjoy the victory, but we also know that Saracens are eight days away and we will make sure we’re properly prepared for that,” he told the Premiership’s official website.

“You always look throughout seasons for moments that turn things around and for us you look back to that Saracens game in the Anglo-Welsh Cup when we managed to win a game with the last play. That confidence, belief and feel-good factor from winning games spreads throughout the squad. It is a huge win, we have talked about it for a few weeks – we haven’t got the results we have wanted at Kingsholm.

“I thought that was a much more complete game, our set piece was good both offensively and defensively. Our defence has been outstanding every week, but it won the game. I thought we controlled field position, we have talked a lot about patches in games, but this was much better and we were rewarded with a five-point win. The biggest frustration has been putting ourselves in positions to win games, but then a little bit of weakness or silly mistakes – in this game we didn’t do that.”

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