Gloucestershire name side for Bill Beaumont Cup Final
29 May 2009 15:58
Mike Panaho celebrates a score in the semi final
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Gloucestershire Head Coach Mark Cornwell has named his side for Saturday's Bill Beaumont Cup Final against Lancashire at Twickenham (kick-off 12pm).
The County travel to Twickenham hoping to win back the illustrious county title for the first time in seven years.
Mark Cornwell's side have been reinvigorated since his appointment as Head Coach this season, and that has seen them sweep aside the opposition in the South to book their place in the final. Somerset, Devon and Cornwall have all been Gloucestershire's casualties.
Copsey J. (Cinderford); Holder C. (Lydney), May J. (Hartpury), Scourfield D. (Cinderford), Carter J. (Cinderford); Woodrow M. (Birmingham Solihull), Knight P. (Cinderford, capt); Price P. (Lydney), Finckin P. (Newbury), Davis R. (Birmingham Solihull); Waldron W. (Hartpury), Cadman R. (Hartpury); Gillbert M. (Hartpury), Jenkins D. (Lydney), Panaho M. (Dings)
Hall C. (Cinderford), Long M. (Birmingham Solihull), Bufton D. (Dings), McNeil C. (Cinderford), Stevenson T. (Cinderford), Williams J. (Lydney), Edwards S. (Dings)
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.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees praised his side's character after their comeback win against Bristol on Saturday. The Cherry and Whites overcame a 6-0 half time deficit to eventually win the game 26-18 and secure a bonus point victory.
Looking to try a new sport? Look no further than Walking Rugby as thanks to Gloucester Rugby you can come along and try out the fast-growing sport at taster sessions across the county, starting this Wednesday.
Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.