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Posted Wednesday, August 19th 2020

Purdy primed for Gloucester test

Henry Purdy says a trip to Kingsholm remains one of toughest in the Gallagher Premiership, despite the behind closed doors nature of Friday’s clash with West Country rivals Gloucester.

Pat Lam’s men face a rejuvenated Cherry and Whites side, who marked Head Coach George Skivington’s first game in charge with a bonus-point win at Worcester last weekend.

But Purdy says the Bears will take confidence from the last-gasp victory over Saracens, as they go in search of a seventh successive league win.

Starting on a high

“It was really good to get the ball rolling firstly and start on a positive,” he said.

“Previously, those sorts of conditions, people would have thought that would suit how Sarries wanted to play, but we stayed patient in the kicking battle as well and got some good results there.

“In the same breath, there was plenty that we weren’t happy with and plenty of processes that we can improve on, so going forwards, that is big for us.

“It’s going to be a challenging schedule – as boys always say, there’s no easy games in the league now and going away to Kingsholm, despite there being no fans, will still be a tough place to go.

“They’re going to be riding high off a really good win at Worcester at the weekend. They’ve got a new coaching setup that I’m sure has brought a new energy and they play plenty of good stuff, so it’s a challenge that we’re relishing and it’s really going to test the strength and depth of our squad and the work that we’ve done in this short week.”

Depth test

Purdy has made a strong start to life at Ashton Gate and earned a starting berth for the league restart at Ashton Gate on Saturday – and the wing, who scored against Gloucester in January, says the forthcoming schedule will test the Bears’ depth.

“I was delighted to get the nod first up, there’s a lot of strength in depth across the backline and lads that can play multiple positions.

“With the schedule that we’ve got it’s going to require a squad effort, but to get the start was great and to play with some of the players we’ve got in that backline is brilliant. It was a great one to be involved in.”


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