David Humphreys: Results from previous encounters don’t count for anything

By Thomas Branston

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Gloucester Director of Rugby David Humphreys is adamant that his side will not rely on their Aviva Premiership victory over Wasps earlier on in the season at Kingsholm.

He said: “Previous results count for nothing. Almost one week to the next counts for nothing.

“If we cut down on our mistakes, unforced errors and cut down on penalties that we concede, and edge the physicality at the set piece then we are a match for anybody.”

Humphreys remains wary of the threats that Wasps have to offer at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday and praises the opposition’s counter attacking rugby.

He said: “We know the challenge with Wasps. They have threats all round the pitch and with almost every stat they are an outstanding team.

“That in itself has given us a really good focus ahead of this weekend.

“To be where Wasps are in the Aviva Premiership and to be in the knockout stages of Europe then you’ve got to have an all round game.

“They are strong, they’ve recruited well and they’ve built a really strong and stable coaching team and they know how they want to play.

“Their biggest threat is to score tries out of nothing even with last weeks game they didn’t play as well as they can but still scored tries almost for fun.”

The Cherry and White’s recorded a shock 36-18 win over Wasps earlier in the season with the visitors coming in off the back of beating Saracens 31-23 and Humphreys is hopeful that his side can repeat their performance.

He added: “We’ve got to make sure we control the pace of the game and control field position.

“We’ve got to make sure when we have the ball we need to take those opportunities that come our way.

“If you kick well teams don’t get the opportunity to run back. The kick is only as good as the chase but that’s something that’s been a massive part of our game this season and it will be tested against Wasps.

“I don’t think confidence and belief have really been an issue we are unbeaten in five of the previous six games.

“We were knocked back by that Leicester performance, forget about the result but that performance wasn’t what we’ve set ourselves out to be this year.

“We’ve said all along that it was a blip, we took the blame on how we prepared and set up for the game and its something we’ve learnt from and something that won’t happen again this season.”

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