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Hogg banking on home comforts


Carl Hogg

Carl Hogg

Carl Hogg

Assistant coach Carl Hogg is relishing a home semi-final in the LV= Cup after Gloucester beat London Irish 41-8 in the quarter-finals.

And if Newport Gwent Dragons beat Scarlets at Rodney Parade on Sunday, they could be travelling to Kingsholm next month in the last four, having already beaten Gloucester in the group stages. The home side scored seven tries on Saturday, five of them in the first half.

And Hogg said: "We knew if we won it would give us the opportunity to have a semi-final at home. Over the last two years we have been difficult to beat at Kingsholm. We have got a superb support here and we are looking forward to a full house."

He added: "We don't know who we have yet but whoever it is, we will bring them to Kingsholm, hopefully in front of a full crowd, which will be something we will relish."

Gloucester were 29-3 up at half-time - with a bonus point secured - and looked very good for that lead.

Hogg added: "When we had opportunities, we took them. The first half was very pleasing. It would have been nice to kick on in the second half. We made one or two substitutions and got played a bit out of our structure but pulled it back in the last five or 10 minutes. There was a mixture and variety of tries but the key thing was that we stuck to the script."

The two sides meet again in the Aviva Premiership on February 18 and Irish head coach Toby Booth expects his side to be far more competitive.

Booth said: "It was a shell-shock first half. You have to give Gloucester credit for playing the way they did. They were obviously up for the game, got on a rollercoaster and didn't let it stop."

He added: "We spoke about this (match) during the week, and God forbid if it was a situation where people were not up for the game because that is a massive worry,

"What is important for us is what comes next. This is finished and the Premiership has always been our focus and we have to be ready for next week. That is all that matters, how people bounce back.

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