Gloucester Rugby head coach George Skivington is taking positives from his side’s performance despite defeat to Bath at The Rec.
The Cherry and Whites blew a 17-point lead, conceding 28 points in the final twenty minutes to fall to a 31-20 defeat.
But despite the frustrations, Skivington was happy with his side’s performance for three-quarters of the game and said it was another step in the right direction.
“It was frustrating, we were good for sixty minutes, executed the game-plan and we were on course for what we talked about all week,” Skivington said.
“I think the boys did well under the conditions to stick to the plan, we’ve changed a fair bit in the background and we’ve asked the boys to do a few bits that wouldn’t necessarily be second nature to them.
“I think that was sixty minutes of executing what we wanted to implement, so from that side of things it was positive.”
Gloucester have won just three games since Skivington took over, all against sides lower than them in the table, and the new head Coach believes it will take time to get things right.
“I think it’s going to take time; we all want it to work overnight but we see it in glimpses.
“Obviously we’re gutted we lost and equally as gutted we didn’t get anything from the game because I thought we deserved something but you have to take your hat off to a team like Bath, they’re a well-oiled machine right now, they’ve got momentum.
“It’s a good learning for us because that’s where we want to get to and as I’ve said we know we are in a growth period, but it doesn’t make the pain any less when you lose,” Skivington explained.
Skivington admits he will be looking for a full game performance from his side next time out, saying: “I think that was the best sixty minutes we’ve had, they were some good tries, but they weren’t necessarily the flair tries we’ve scored recently, but It was a good tactical performance for that sixty minutes.
“I’m confident that everyone is moving in the right direction, we know we’ve got to do it for eighty minutes and we’ve got to get our ducks in a line, so to speak for the start of next season.
“We’ve still got one more game this season, against the Saints so we will try and play for eighty minutes.”