Gloucester's Rory Lawson bullish ahead of play-offs

Gloucester's Rory Lawson says the squad are ready to produce "something special" in their Premiership play-off semi-final against Saracens on Sunday.

Sarries finished second in the table, nine points clear of third-placed Gloucester to earn them a home draw.

"There's not a guy in this squad who is looking to the summer holidays," the scrum-half told BBC Points West.

"There's a collective focus. Everyone wants to go on and do something special - there's determination in the squad."

He added: "It's tangible - you can feel it.

"You can sense the guys know we've got a massive challenge ahead but there's no point in going into your shells about it. We've got to get excited about it."

Scotland international Lawson is in his fifth campaign at Kingsholm and was part of the 2006/07 and 2007/08 squads who finished top of the table in the regular season but failed to win the play-offs.

The 30-year-old believes that finishing third this year will spur them on even more in the knock-out stages: "I think in the past we might have looked at it having finished top of the tree and thought 'this play-off stuff is nonsense as we've finished top and now we've got to go and win it again'.

"I guess the boot is on the other foot this time round and we're coming in as third-placers so now we go away from home and certainly we understand that there's a huge challenge ahead but it's one we are really excited about."

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