GLOUCESTER will make two changes - including one positional - for their Guinness Premiership showdown against Bath tomorrow.
Lesley Vainikolo and Gareth Delve will both return in the only changes to Dean Ryan's starting line-up from the side that beat Wasps last Sunday.
Vainikolo returns from a hamstring strain picked up against Saracens which means Iain Balshaw moves to full-back because Olly Morgan is ruled out with a dead leg. Delve will start at number eight against his former club with Luke Narraway moving to the bench.
The rest of the line-up remains intact from the one that scored three tries at Adams Park that means a single point tomorrow will guarantee Gloucester a home tie in the play-offs semi-finals.
"These games are one-offs," said head coach Dean Ryan. "I think it will be pretty special between two clubs who are capable of playing some rugby and that is a great testament to the Guinness Premiership as a whole.
"The biggest pressure comes from within the group because we want to successful. Our victory over Wasps does not mean we have solved everything but it was significant in our development and we must try and back that up.
"We made a statement against Wasps, but it's not like we have crossed that hurdle and won't make a mistake again.
"We want to finish top because that would mean a huge amount to us over a nine month season and then we can move into the play-offs. This is a huge game for us and we will be ready for what should be a fantastic occasion.
"If both teams turn up and play then it could be a great game," he said.
Gloucester's forward pack will be made up of props Nick Wood and Carlos Nieto and hooker Andy Titterrell.
Marco Bortolami will skipper the side from the second row alongside Alex Brown, while Akapusi Qera, Alasdair Strokosch and Delve will be the back row.
Rory Lawson and Ryan Lamb will line-up at half-back; Anthony Allen and Mike Tindall - a try scorer against Wasps - will be the centres.
Vainikolo, who has nine Guinness Premiership tries to his name so far this season, James Simpson-Daniel, who has eight and Balshaw will be the back three. No Gloucester player has ever reached double figures for tries in the regular Premiership season. Balshaw's last start at full-back was against Harlequins in March.
The bench is made up of a four-three forward split which means an extra back is included from last weekend's game.
Olivier Azam and Alasdair Dickinson will cover the front row, with Will James and Narraway the back other options. Scrum-half Gareth Cooper, utility back Willie Walker and winger Mark Foster are Ryan's three-quarter options.
GLOUCESTER (v Bath, tomorrow, 3pm): Iain Balshaw, Lesley Vainikolo, Mike Tindall, Anthony Allen, James Simpson-Daniel; Ryan Lamb, Rory Lawson; Nick Wood, Andy Titterrell, Carlos Nieto, Marco Bortolami (capt), Alex Brown, Alasdair Strokosch, Akapusi Qera, Gareth Delve. Reps: Olivier Azam, Alasdair Dickinson, Will James, Luke Narraway, Gareth Cooper, Willie Walker, Mark Foster.
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.