Match Preview – Gloucester Rugby v Northampton Saints
8 November 2018
The Premiership Rugby Cup continues this weekend, with the Cherry and Whites hosting Northampton Saints at Kingsholm Stadium, under the Friday Night Lights (KO 7:45pm)
Last time out on home soil the Cherry and Whites were in fine form, but came unstuck last week at Ashton Gate, and will be eager to recover their form in front of the home faithful against a Saints side unbeaten in the tournament.
Here are a number of players to watch this weekend.
The centre is deployed at fly half this week, as the hosts look to utilise their playmakers to spark their attacking game. Atkinson will take the ball to the line and has the ability to create attacks from nothing.
The hooker marks his 200th appearance for this week’s visitors, and congratulations on a wonderful milestone. A strong scrummager, and influential in the set piece, the forward battle will be a key one this weekend.
Last Time Out
Bristol Bears 21-13 Gloucester Rugby
Wasps Rugby 14-15 Northampton Saints
Head To Head
This is a fixture in which the home side is usually victorious, going on recent history, with the away side only winning on one occasion in their last five Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches.
Last season there were narrow victories in both games, Saints prevailing 22-19 at Franklin’s Gardens and Gloucester running out 29-24 winners at Kingsholm.
In the 2016-17 season there was a double for Northampton, who won 23-20 at home and then secured a nail-biting 13-12 victory at Kingsholm – with now departed fly-half Stephen Myler kicking six points and a late penalty try seizing the day.
15. Jason Woodward, 14. Matt Banahan, 13. Henry Trinder, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Ollie Thorley, 10. Mark Atkinson, 9. Willi Heinz (c); 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. James Hanson, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Tom Savage; 5. Ed Slater; 6. Gareth Evans, 7. Jaco Kriel, 8. Freddie Clarke
16. Henry Walker, 17. Val Rapava Ruskin, 18. Ciaran Knight; 19. Gerbrandt Grobler, 20. Ruan Ackermann; 21. Callum Braley, 22. Henry Purdy, 23. Tom Hudson
15. George Furbank, 14. Tom Collins, 13. Fraser Dingwall, 12. Piers Francis, 11. Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10. James Grayson, 9. Cobus Reinach; 1. Will Davis, 2. Mikey Haywood, 3. Paul Hill; 4. David Ribbans, 5. Alex Moon; 6. Tom Wood (capt), 7. Lewis Ludlam, 8. Teimana Harrison
16. James Fish, 17. Alex Waller, 18. Ben Franks; 19. Api Ratuniyarawa, 20. Jamie Gibson; 21. Alex Mitchell, 22. Andrew Kellaway, 23. Luther Burrell
Referee: Greg McDonald
Assistant Referees: Adam Leal, Paul Dix
TMO: Keith Lewis
How To Follow
This Friday’s game is LIVE on BT Sport, and there will be live commentary via BBC Radio Gloucestershire who will in place at Kingsholm Stadium.
Follow all of the club channels for live updates on the Gloucester Rugby App, matchday live blog, Twitter and behind the scenes on Instagram.
Enjoy the game!