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Tom Marshall: Gloucester confident of strong finish to the season

Tom Marshall: Gloucester confident of strong finish to the season

Gloucester Rugby full-back Tom Marshall has his sights firmly set on a top-six finish – and the Cherry and Whites will be full of confidence ahead of the run-in following their European Challenge Cup quarter-final win over Cardiff Blues.

Marshall scored two tries in Gloucester’s 46-26 victory and the Kiwi hopes they can take their European form into their Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 19 clash with Newcastle Falcons this weekend.

Gloucester lead Falcons by four points in the Aviva Premiership Rugby standings and will be aiming to avenge their Round Four loss at Kingsholm, when they travel to Kingston Park on Friday night.

And Marshall believes their European win has given them the confidence they need for their remaining league matches.

“Our sights are still set on finishing in the top six, we know that we need to win all our games from now until the end of the season,” he said.

“You have got to be confident you can do it and win every game.

“We are taking each game at a time so hopefully we can go away to Newcastle and put in a really good performance.

“We have got a little bit of momentum coming off a good European win but we are looking forward to what will be a tough task playing away at Newcastle Falcons.

“We have made a step in the right direction since then (Round Four loss to Falcons) as it was probably one of our worst performances, so we feel like we owe them one a little bit.”

Marshall believes that the territorial battle will be especially important on Friday night against a side that has been so impressive at home.

But the full-back insists that the Cherry and Whites cannot rest on their laurels after beating the Blues and must continue to improve.

“Nothing changes for us; we just keep focusing on ourselves and what we can do. We want to make sure our set piece is really strong,” said Marshall.

“Territory is obviously very important away from home.

“We are coming off a win which is positive for us but they always play well at home and they are a tough side to beat. It is quite a bit of travel involved for us too.”

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