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Gloucester Rugby’s Matt Scott expects rivals to earn first win soon

Gloucester Rugby’s Matt Scott is adamant Bristol Rugby will get their first Aviva Premiership Rugby win sooner rather than later but won’t let it be this weekend.

Rivals Gloucester and Bristol go head-to-head on Saturday for the first time since the 2008/09 season when the Cherry & Whites were successful on both occasions.

The Cherry and Whites are looking for back-to-back home wins after their 36-18 victory over Wasps two weeks ago and they ran reigning champions Saracens very close at Allianz Park last weekend.

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But Scott knows form can go out of the window in a local derby and claims the squad have been going through their preparations this week exactly as they would normally.

“It’s been same as every other week, reviewing our game for the weekend before,” he said.

“It’s a nice occasion at Kingsholm but it’s another game of rugby we can’t get carried away with the occasion.

“You obviously get lifted by the atmosphere and the occasion. It’s important to use the Kingsholm crowd to our advantage to spur you on.

“Similar to us, their (Bristol’s) performances have not be reflected in their results but it’s only a matter of time until they win a game, we are desperate for it not to be against us.”

The Scotland international left Edinburgh at the end of last season and joined fellow countryman Greig Laidlaw in the South West of England.

And Scott has enjoyed a strong start to life in the Aviva Premiership Rugby with five tries in his nine league appearances to date and two more in the European Challenge Cup.

“I have been enjoying my rugby this year, I have stayed fit which is half the battle when joining a new club. It’s good to be fit and playing games as soon as possible,” he added.

“I’ve enjoyed the change. The results have been mixed so I would have like to help the team to more wins which I am sure will come over the season.

“There are similar styles of rugby (in Aviva Premiership Rugby and PRO12), the Premiership’s intensity is slightly higher and with the threat of relegation it’s a pretty savage league.

“The internationals get rested less in the Premiership too, sometimes in the PRO12 internationals get rested and they get longer breaks, so they are relatively similar but there are small differences.”

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