Humphreys relishes Bordeaux challenge

Date published: May 26 2015

Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys expects a huge challenge from Bordeaux Bègles in Sunday's Champions Cup play-off at Sixways.

After securing a 40-32 victory over Connacht after extra-time on Sunday, Humphreys is hoping his charges can show the same character, against Bordeaux.

"We only found out it was Bordeaux on Saturday so we haven't had a chance to do any analysis of them but any team that finishes seventh in the French championship is going to be very competitive with a big pack," he told the EPCR website.

"Next week is about character, not making the same mistakes and going out and enjoying what is a cup final."

Humphreys hailed his side's never-say-die attitude which helped them to victory over Connacht and said they are determined to secure their place amongst Europe's top clubs next season.

"It's impossible to really try and analyse a game like that," he said.

"During the first part of the game we were disappointed with our errors. We made individual errors and mistakes that didn't allow us to create any pressure in terms of field position or on the scoreboard.

"We were forcing things, dropping balls, trying offloads when we needed to hold onto the ball but as much you coach it comes down to the mental side. All of a sudden in the last couple of months we have found a way to win games, games you could be resigned to losing.

"There's that determination in this group now, that belief and will to win – things you can't coach but develop. They're a great group of players and it is huge reward for the hard work they've done on the training pitch and in the gym and now there's one final hurdle."