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Symons wants Gloucester Rugby to kick-on against Wasps

Just three points separates Gloucester Rugby and sixth-placed Harlequins and centre Andy Symons is determined to see the Cherry & Whites challenge for a top-half finish.

Being in the top six come the end of the season also means a place at Europe’s top table but Gloucester face stiff competition to qualify.

Harlequins sit sixth with 37 points with Newcastle Falcons and Northampton Saints sandwiched between them and Gloucester in ninth.

Gloucester had a major boost in their European ambitions last weekend with a 31-23 success over reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby champions Saracens.

And they face arguably an even sterner test this weekend when they travel to the Ricoh Arena to face a Wasps side that hasn’t lost at home in the league since Christmas 2015.

“There’s seven or eight games left so the run-in is pretty close to be honest so we need to finish strongly if we’re going to kick on and hopefully reach the top six,” said Symons.

“Wasps’ record at the Ricoh Arena speaks for itself really, undefeated at home in the last calendar year I believe – that’s outstanding.

“It’s going to be a really tough test, they’re in great form at the moment so we’ll be up against it but we’ve got to confident.”

Following their trip to Coventry, Gloucester Rugby will have six games left to secure their desired position inside the top six of the Aviva Premiership Rugby.

Three of those games, against Harlequins, Sale Sharks and Exeter Chiefs, are at home and Symons is convinced the support of the Kingsholm faithful will prove vital.

“The word inconsistent gets thrown around a lot, but we’ve got the ability to beat the best,” he added.

“The win over Saracens is definitely incentive and can kick us into gear hopefully. It was great to beat Saracens, especially at home at Kingsholm.

“I think the fans have needed something to shout about for a little while. The support we get is outstanding. Billy Vunipola mentioned it on commentary during the (Saracens) game.

“Nobody likes coming to Kingsholm and if we can get a few wins on the road as well, get the crowd even louder, it’s a pretty terrifying prospect really.”

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