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We've got to be smarter - Kvesic

29th October 2013 11:15


Matt Kvesic Gloucester v Worcester AVP 2013

Home truths: Mat Kvesic

Gloucester flanker Matt Kvesic has urged his fellow forwards to provide sufficient ball for their backline to shine when they return to Kingsholm.

The Cherry and Whites host London Wasps this weekend and 21-year-old Kvesic wants his pack to be smarter in the Aviva Premiership fixture.

"What it'll do is give Freddie Burns an opportunity to play to the corner and pile the pressure on like that," the openside told the Gloucester Citizen.

"It strangles teams and that's where we've got to be smarter.

"It comes back to consistency. We got stuck in and showed what we can do. We stayed in mix but we needed to play more in their half.

"Bath played some smart rugby, which wasn't anything particularly flash but they ran hard and played in our half and that's what we need to do.

"We've shown it throughout the season. We had a terrible start against Sale and on the road against Sarries which was a tough game but we picked ourselves up against Saints.

"So there needs to be more consistency all over the pitch whether it is in the scrum, the maul, defence, drop balls - they all need to be addressed.

"Those are the areas where we need to be more clinical and more accurate and put teams to bed. We've had chances there to do it but we just haven't."

Kvesic believes there is hope of giving Burns and company attacking ball as Gloucester, who worryingly sit in eleventh position in the Premiership, attempt to secure a home win.

"It's down to the forwards. We've probably taken a step backwards after the two games in Europe but we will have to see what happens," he added.

"It's massively important to string some winning games together. We played well against Perpignan and we played well against Munster, who are a world-class side.

"But we dropped off against Bath and it is important that we bounce back and put in a good performance against Wasps and see what happens then. It was just disappointing really. We were in the game (against Bath) but our discipline let us down. We can't give that many penalties away and expect to win the game.

"It's not good enough. We've done it before but it's disappointing because it's not like we didn't play - our discipline ultimately let us down.

"We didn't adapt to the referee as well as Bath did. Ford missed a few kicks as well, which, if he knocked them over, it could've been a bigger margin.

"Referees perhaps treat the scrum a bit differently in Europe but it is definitely something we need to adapt to in the Premiership."

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