RUGBY: Davies looks to build on positives from Munster defeat

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DIRECTOR of rugby Nigel Davies makes only two changes to his starting line-up as Gloucester Rugby travel to Perpignan to round off the pool stages of the Heineken Cup on Sunday (1.45pm kick-off).

The 20-7 defeat at the hands of Munster last weekend, means that Gloucester are now playing for second place in the pool and a possible Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final spot.

Despite the loss at Kingsholm against the Irish province, Gloucester put in a spirited performance, dominating in many aspects and, as a result, Davies keeps faith with the majority of the side.

The only changes see Rob Cook come in for Martyn Thomas at full back, and Huia Edmonds replace the injured Darren Dawidiuk.

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Davies confirmed that he's looking for his side to match the effort and commitment of last week.

"That set the bar in terms of intensity and commitment, and we have to look to repeat that. I also think that in an attacking sense, we created a lot of chances. We played some good structure in attack, but weren't accurate enough in finishing them.

"We're focusing on many things in this second half of the season. We're going to play rugby, we'll play with intent but look to improve our accuracy. If we match that intensity and work rate, and be a bit more clinical, we'll win more games than we lose."

Gloucester Rugby: Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Jonny May, Billy Twelvetrees (capt), Shane Monahan; Freddie Burns, Dan Robson; Yann Thomas, Huia Edmonds, Sila Puafisi; Elliott Stooke, James Hudson; Matt Cox, Matt Kvesic, Gareth Evans Replacements: Dan George, Dan Murphy, Shaun Knight, Will James, Sione Kalamafoni, Jimmy Cowan, Martyn Thomas, Ben Morgan

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