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Purdy: Gloucester Rugby can keep marching on

Henry Purdy is eager to continue his impressive debut season with Gloucester Rugby by keeping their campaign for the LV= Cup trophy alive.

The Junior World Championship winner, who was thrust into the limelight following James Simpson-Daniel’s retirement and Henry Trinder’s shoulder injury, has flourished at Kingsholm since making his debut back in September.

Purdy was rewarded for his performances with a new contract in December and Gloucester have since gone on to make a flying start to 2015.

Last week's 32-25 win over Ospreys means victory over Harlequins on Saturday could see the Cherry & Whites book their place in the LV= Cup semi-finals.

And the 20-year-old is hoping that Gloucester’s winning momentum – six straight victories in all competitions – will see them do exactly that. 

“It’s an exciting competition, there is a mixture of youth and experience and we are really enjoying the game and playing on that stage,” said Purdy.

“Last-weekend was a really good result. Not really a classic game of rugby and quite stop-start. I felt every time we got momentum a little mistake would just hold us back, but we got the bonus point and that’s all that matters.

“It’s about momentum at the end of the day and when players are feeling good, with a bit of form, it helps massively.

“A few of the lads have said that winning is a habit and at the moment we have got that habit going. It’s a good atmosphere in the camp and the lads will go away on international duty and do their thing but we are focussed on churning out those wins.

“It’s just a nice feeling in general. I wasn’t here last year but early in the season it was eluding us as well.”

Victory at Kingsholm may still not be enough for Gloucester on Saturday – with Saracens heading into the weekend two points above them at the top of Pool 1.

But Sarries don’t play until Sunday, when they host reigning LV= Cup champions Exeter Chiefs, and should the Cherry & Whites pick up four points the previous day, Purdy admits he will be tuning into Sky Sports and cheering on the Chiefs.

“A few other results will have an impact on what happens to us but we can only focus on what we can do,” he added. “We might have to wait and see what happens.

“I certainly will be watching Saracens on Sunday and I am sure lots of the boys will be as well.”

Tickets for this year's LV= Cup Final on 22 March at Franklin's Gardens are now on sale. Click here to snap one up from just £20 for adults, £10 for juniors to see who will win the first silverware of the season.

 

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