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Kvesic: Time for Gloucester Rugby to shine at home

Kvesic: Time for Gloucester Rugby to shine at home

Matt Kvesic wants to give the Kingsholm faithful more of the same after Gloucester Rugby collected a bonus-point win against Zebre in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Steve McColl, James Hook, Kvesic and Mark Atkinson each crossed over on Sunday as the Cherry & Whites maintained their stranglehold on Pool 4 with a 35-10 victory over Zebre.

After visiting Zebre’s Stadio XXV Aprile next weekend, home ties with Bath Rugby and Wasps await for Gloucester back in Aviva Premiership Rugby.

And as they look to climb into the top half of the table, England flanker Kvesic wants to start turning on the style in front of the adoring home crowd.

“At Kingsholm we want to score tries in front of the crowd and we have probably been under performing a little bit at home,” he told Gloucester TV.

“Although it wasn’t pretty and we probably didn’t play anywhere near our best, four tries is a good effort. It’s a decent win and it gives us that momentum carrying on to next week.

“It’s going to be a tough game – them at home is going to be hard. If we get our detail right, though, and play the best rugby we can play, there’s no reason why we can’t go and get another win.”

The bonus point had looked in doubt, with Gloucester failing to record any points between the half-hour mark and Kvesic’s try nine minutes from time – a score that brought them back to life.

“We built the pressure around their 22 quite well and we kept relieving the pressure with silly knock-ons,” added Kvesic.

“We got to a point where we were putting the pressure on and they tired a little bit and there was just a bit of space out wide. I happened to be lingering out on the wing to it worked out quite well.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game this week. They are a pretty good side that dog results out and play for 80 minutes. You can’t turn your nose up at a 30-point win so it was a good day.

“We missed a couple of opportunities at the breakdown and our clearout, we probably need to work on that this week. But apart from that, we are pretty pleased with how we went.”

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