Match Preview – Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors
30 November 2018
The Cherry and Whites return to home soil this weekend, with Worcester Warriors making the trip to Kingsholm Stadium for a Gallagher Premiership Round Eight clash (KO 3pm)
After a loss on the road at Exeter Chiefs last time out, the Cherry and Whites will be keen to get back to winning ways, with a dangerous looking Worcester Warriors side the visitors with key domestic points up for grabs.
Here are some players to keep an eye on this weekend.
There are still scorch marks on the Kingsholm pitch after Thorley’s last run out on home soil, and the Gloucester flyer will be keen to add to the pair of tries he scored against Leicester Tigers in Round Seven.
It’s a fascinating midfield battle, and the former Cherry and White is a key man for the Warriors and their dangerous backline. A threat on the floor as well, Mills combines creativity with power.
Last Time Out
Exeter Chiefs 23-6 Gloucester Rugby
Worcester Warriors 20-13 Harlequins
Gloucester Rugby’s 6-23 reversal to Exeter last weekend ended a two game winning run in Gallagher Premiership Rugby. Gloucester’s only defeat at Kingsholm in any competition this season was 25-27 to Harlequins in Round 5 of Gallagher Premiership Rugby.
Worcester Warriors last four fixtures in Gallagher Premiership Rugby have all been won by the home side on the day. The Warriors only away victory in Premiership Rugby since February was 44-37 at Leicester in Round 4.
Worcester beat Gloucester 25-15 at Sixways in February, the last time they met, but have not achieved successive victories against them since April 2009. The Warriors have won only once before at Kingsholm, 13-6 in Premiership Rugby on 21 April 2009.
15. Jason Woodward, 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Owen Williams, 11. Ollie Thorley, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Willi Heinz (capt); 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. James Hanson, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Tom Savage; 5. Ed Slater; 6. Freddie Clarke, 7. Jaco Kriel, 8. Ben Morgan
16. Jaco Visagie, 17. Val Rapava Ruskin, 18. Ciaran Knight; 19. Franco Mostert, 20. Jake Polledri; 21. Callum Braley, 22. Henry Trinder, 23. Tom Hudson
15. Chris Pennell, 14. Bryce Heem, 13. Francois Venter, 12. Ryan Mills, 11. Josh Adams, 10. Duncan Weir, 9. Michael Heaney; 1. Callum Black, 2. Jack Singleton, 3. Nick Schonert; 4. Anton Bresler, 5. Pierce Phillips; 6. Ted Hill, 7. Matti Williams, 8. Gerrit-jan Van Velze (capt)
16. Niall Annett, 17. Ethan Waller, 18. Gareth Milasinovich; 19. Darren Barry, 20. Matt Cox; 21. Jonny Arr, 22. Jamie Shillcock, 23. Wynand Olivier
Referee: Thomas Foley (57th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Tim Wigglesworth & Philip Watters.
TMO: David Rose. Citing Officer: Dave Guyan
How To Follow
This Saturday’s game is not live on television, but 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!