GLOUCESTER centre Henry Trinder is convinced the Cherry & Whites can compete on three fronts this season, and is targeting silverware for the Kingsholm faithful, writes Robin Jellis.
Nigel Davies’ men currently occupy sixth place in the Aviva Premiership, although they are only two points behind London Wasps who sit fourth.
Gloucester have also made it through to the quarter finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup where they will face Biarritz, while they are still in contention in the LV= Cup.
And after seeing his side win all six of their European clashes, Trinder, originally from Bagendon near Cirencester, insists the aim is to finish this season with a trophy in one of their three competitions.
“We set out to win all our games, and to win six out of six in the Amlin is a massive achievement,” said the 23-year-old, who has recently returned from injury.
“Everyone at Gloucester would love to win more silverware – we won the LV= Cup two years ago and that gave people a taste for more – hopefully we can win it again.
“We would love to win the Amlin and the Aviva Premiership, too. We are building towards something special and hopefully we can win a trophy, but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.
“We came a bit unstuck in our two Aviva Premiership games before playing in the Amlin (against Leicester Tigers and London Irish) which was disappointing.
“It was maybe down to a lack of concentration but the Amlin games have helped us get back on the horse.
“I think we are playing really well at the moment, although we are not quite where we want to be but that will come – we are going in the right direction.”
Trinder suffered a grade two tear to his adductor tendon and has only just returned, crossing twice in Gloucester’s 36-16 win over Mont de Marsan on Saturday.
And the centre is hoping to get back to full fitness as soon as possible to help fire the Kingsholm outfit to success this season.
“I had 12 weeks out and have only been back for two games so it’s hard to tell where I am in terms of my form,” he added.
“I’m coming back to fitness – I’m still not 100 per cent but it’s awesome to be back playing.
“The team have been playing well which is great but it’s been hard – you want to be out there playing and it’s difficult to be out for so long and watching the boys do well.
“Since getting back into training I have felt more involved, but just because I have played for the Saxons doesn’t mean I go straight back into the team.”
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