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Tom Voyce urges Gloucester to back up wins with trophy

Tom Voyce escapes the clutches of Luke Watson for Gloucester's bonus-point try
Tom Voyce escapes the clutches of Luke Watson for Gloucester's bonus-point try

Winger Tom Voyce is urging Gloucester to back up their performances by winning silverware in the LV= Cup.

Voyce's two tries helped the Cherry and Whites notch a ninth win in a row with Saturday's bonus-point 34-22 league win against West Country rivals Bath.

But unless the club can extend that run to 11 games in the next fortnight by going all the way in the LV= Cup, Voyce says their efforts are worth nothing.

"We haven't won any trophies yet," he told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"It's quite easy to pick ourselves up and say 'Fantastic, we've won nine in a row'.

"But, at the end of the day, you need a trophy at the end of it. We're two games away from that and we've got to keep our feet on the ground.

"We can talk all day long about how great we are now, but unless you've got that trophy in the cabinet it doesn't really mean much."

The squad have been given two days off, after what Voyce described as a "brutal few weeks", before a home semi-final against Newport Gwent Dragons on Sunday and a possible final at Northampton against either Harlequins or Newcastle a week later.

"The win gives us massive momentum going into a different competition," added Voyce, after Saturday's hard-fought triumph against former club Bath.

"It was a bit touch and go at the end and they could easily have come back and drawn it so it's a fantastic result for the boys.

"Bath never stopped and kept coming at us. They were dangerous all the time, right up until the final whistle with that second-to-last try. They've been on a roll, but luckily we dented that."

Bath pulled to within seven points and a bonus-point loss in the closing stages before Voyce's second try at the death gave the hosts their bonus-point victory to deny their arch rivals any spoils.

It means that Gloucester have opened up a nine-point advantage over fourth-placed Bath in the Premiership table and consolidated their play-off chances with two games still in hand on Leicester and Saracens above them in the table.



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