IT is great to see Chris Pennell and Jonathan Thomas coming back into the squad for tomorrow night’s game against Jersey at Sixways.

They are both huge personalities at the club and it’s pleasing to see them back after overcoming injuries. I know they will be raring to go. They have helped me hugely as part of the leadership group and they are going to add to our on-the-field strengths.

We have been doing our homework on Jersey, who are well-drilled side, especially in their forwards.

Jersey stick to their structures, their line-out drive is very good and they have a good solid scrum. Their number 10, Jonny Bentley, has played at Gloucester and is a friend of Sam Betty. He is like a general for the Jersey team.

Ryan Glynn is someone I know from my time at Northampton Saints. He was an academy lad at Northampton last year and has got great ability.

Jersey will be another challenge for us and, hopefully, we can impress again at Sixways.

This will be the last game before some of the boys go into a conditioning block as the British and Irish Cup programme resumes.

So this will be a last shot to put down a marker and I know the boys will want to end this part of the Championship programme on a high.

Looking back at our 22-10 win at Plymouth, we played really well in the first-half and did exactly what was asked of us — the maul and scrum went well and field position was key.

But the start of the second period set the tone for what unfolded. Plymouth got back into our half after two penalties and we didn’t take an opportunity to exit our lines. Sometimes things are not going to go all our own way and we need to learn how to adapt to that. It was a challenge and it showed our shortcoming when it comes to adapting to things.

Our line-out had an 88% success rate and we took quite a few of Plymouth’s line-outs. We scored two mauling tries which was great — one from quite far out. We can’t really fault our line-out too much.

I was in the right place at the right time to take my two opportunities. It was nice to race away down the right wing to score.

Thankfully, the ball came my way and that stemmed from a good call from Alex Grove.

Some fans might be struggling to recognise some of us out on the pitch. Tom Biggs has cut his hair for the first time in a few years so he looks a bit different. But that hasn’t affected his strike-rate because he is playing well.