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Nigel Davies: Gloucester will learn a lot from clash with Exeter Chiefs

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

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A GRUELLING Exeter challenge will provide Gloucester with the ideal half-term barometer, believes Nigel Davies.

The Cherry and Whites host the gritty Chiefs at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick-off 3pm), marking the Premiership season's halfway point.

Rugby director Davies expects the unrelenting battle to be a true test of his side's progress in his first season at the Kingsholm helm.

Saturday's clash is fifth-versus-sixth and victory spoils could spur Gloucester to a campaign to remember, asserted Davies.

He explained: "There's not much between us and the top of the table, and there's not much between us and Exeter either.

"So Saturday's game will be very interesting, and it will tell us a lot at the midway point of the season about exactly where we are.

"We've got to be pleased with where we are, but we've got to push on and be restless in terms of wanting to achieve more."

Exeter pitch up at Kingsholm unbeaten in seven matches.

Gloucester boss Davies admitted his side must improve markedly from last week, despite hammering London Irish 47-3 in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Hailing regimented Exeter's continued Premiership rise, former Wales centre Davies said Gloucester must raise their game to see off the spirited Chiefs.

He continued: "We're coming up against a very organised and committed side on Saturday, so the quality of what we're going to do must be very accurate.

"Exeter were very effective in the Championship, and they've evolved that and brought it into the Premiership too.

"They are certainly looking to take their game to the next level this year as well.

"It's a game they all understand very well, and commit to, it demands a lot of energy and a high work-rate and that's what we have to match.

"We've got to be quite significantly sharper than last week.

"Each week has a different flavour and feel to it in the season, and there's no doubt we've got to raise the level again for this challenge.

"We have to refocus and reset ourselves, and be mindful of the differences."

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  • Dave_Baldwin  |  December 20 2012, 9:37PM

    I think must of us know that Rupert Harden is the first choice and best tight head at Gloucester. The only person who has a problem with that is the multi-named akadau/flanker_6/Kap721 and all his other identities.

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  • Roon77  |  December 20 2012, 9:22PM

    Nine out of ten starts in the Premiership, plus having the most starts of any front row player this season, underlines the fact that Rupert Harden is the top tight head at Kingsholm.

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  • StanFromGlaws  |  December 20 2012, 9:11PM

    Nigel Davies knows a thing or two about rugby. If he has selected Rupert Harden as his first choice, then you know that is is right.

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  • Brasher  |  December 20 2012, 9:03PM

    I hope he (Rupert Harden) is playing too. It would be a calamity if our first choice tight head is not out there on the field.

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  • Deadeye_Glaws  |  December 20 2012, 8:52PM

    Let's just hope that Harden is playing for Glaws on Saturday. The scrum will be seriously weakened without him.

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  • alex_bound  |  December 20 2012, 8:42PM

    Harden has been playing superbly. He deserves the title of Gloucester's best tight head.

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  • Drusus  |  December 20 2012, 8:33PM

    There is no doubt that Harden is the top tight head at Gloucester.

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  • LucaTowers  |  December 20 2012, 8:28PM

    What akadau doesn't like is the fact that Rupert Harden is Glaws' best player in the tight head position bar none!

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  • Archie_Brew  |  December 20 2012, 8:19PM

    I guess when you are sad irrelevant old man like akadau, trolling is all you have to look forward to.

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  • Gambonie  |  December 20 2012, 12:53PM

    So what does the multi identitied troll akadau do when he wakes up? A bit of trolling again, of course.

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