Gloucester Rugby head coach Johan Ackermann looking to improve away form ahead of trip to Pau

Johan Ackermann, head coach of Gloucester Rugby, believes that his side need to find their composure to start getting results away from home.

The Cherry and Whites have lost all three of their away games in the league so far this season but have maintained an undefeated run at Kingsholm, winning all three games they’ve played there.

Gloucester edged a 29-24 home win over Northampton Saints at the weekend, bouncing back from their humiliating 57-10 defeat at the hands of Sale Sharks the week before.

Ackermann, speaking after the win over Saints, said: “For us to win at home is great and we want to thank the supporters because they are a big part of that but we owe it to ourselves to show that we can play away from home.

That would be great for the team, to show that composure and resilience is still there for us”.

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The former South African international  was appointed to the West Country side in April 2017 but took on the role at the start of this season, he joined from Super Rugby side Lions along with his son, Ruan, a flanker for Gloucester.

Gloucester have beaten Exeter Chiefs, Worcester Warriors and Northampton Saints so far but have lost to Harlequins, Leicester Tigers and Sale Sharks.

After the loss to Sale, Ackermann said he used his experience of tough losses in a team talk: “Against the Brumbies in Camberra, we got hammered 64-0 and I spoke about that experience of how you start doubting yourself, you feel humiliated.

“That’s the challenge that every sports-person is going to get in life.

“It’s how you respond to that.

“If you collectively, as a group, believe you can rectify it then you’re half way there.

“If you start doubting your own ability and pointing fingers you’re on the wrong track but credit to the players, they took every challenge [this weekend]”.

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Gloucester face a break from the league to welcome in the European Challenge Cup campaign, a competition that Gloucester have a good history in reaching last year’s final losing to Stade Francais and winning the competition last in 2015.

They face French side Pau away at Stade de Hameau on the 12th October.


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