In this weeks edition of Tykes Talk Phil Davies looks ahead to the Tykes game at Gloucester, this Saturday, kick off 3.00pm.
I was really pleased to have got the result we did last week and it showed that the players can react to different situations in the game. That is not always as easy as it sounds and it took us until half time to really take advantage, but the players showed a lot of maturity and belief in their own ability. We have been trying to nurture that but it has to come from within and we passed an important test last week.
Gloucester will be another tough game this week, especially so with us having to travel to Kingsholm. They have made their home games a cornerstone of their success in recent seasons and the support they receive from the Shed, is as good as a couple of points start. They have real talent throughout their side and are a constant threat in any part of the field, with any player on the ball. They showed us last season at Kingsholm that they can attack from well inside their own half and their support play, especially by the back row is always there to follow up any half chance you give them.
Alex Brown has been outstanding this year in the second row and James Forrester has continued is good progress again this year. Andy Deacon is a strong scrummager and he is really staking his claim to a starting place with Woodman and Vickery away.
Outside the pack they have some of the most exciting backs in the Premiership with Marcel Garvey, James Simpson-Daniel and Henry Paul having the ability to tear teams apart.
We know the challenge in front of us and we are looking forward to testing ourselves and hopefully performing to the right level again.
We have made four changes this week and it is great to be in a position to have the squad getting back to near full strength. That has meant that we are able to change a few things round to freshen the side up.
Mike Shelley is back to the starting line up and we will need his leadership at Kingsholm, plus Phil Murphy comes in for Scott Morgan and Alan Dickens for Ryan Walker. Liam Botham picked up a knock last week so he will start on the bench with Tristan Davies coming into the centre.
FOUR CHANGES FOR TRIP TO KINGSHOLM
Leeds Tykes welcome back four players who were part of the early season injury problems for this weekend’s trip to Gloucester. Captain Mike Shelley returns after appearing as a replacement last week, likewise second row Phil Murphy, who missed the start of the season with a knee injury. Gary Powell and Scott Morgan make way respectively.
Alan Dickens returns after missing five games and replaces South African Ryan Walker, who has not missed a game since arriving in the country. Tristan Davies will start his first game since the opening game of the season as he comes in for Liam Botham.
The team in full is:
15. Tim Walsh14. Dan Scarbrough13. Phil Christophers12. Tristan Davies11. David Rees10. Duncan Hodge9. Alan Dickens
1. Mike Shelley (c)2. Rob Rawlinson3. Simon Halford4. Phil Murphy5. Stuart Hooper6. Matt Salter7. James Ponton8. Dan Hyde
16. Gary Powell17. Matt Holt18. Scott Morgan 19. Stewart Campbell20. Ryan Walker21. Liam Botham22. Matt Cardey