Match Preview – Gloucester Rugby v Munster Rugby
10 January 2019
Heineken Champions Cup returns this weekend, as Munster Rugby, and their masses of supporters arrive at Kingsholm Stadium for an eagerly anticipated clash, under the Friday Night Lights.
The Cherry and Whites are in need of a lift, back-to-back reverses in the Gallagher Premiership has led to a disappointing period over the turn of the New Year, but there is no better way than getting back on the horse!
Here are some players to keep an eye on this weekend.
Grobler spent one season at Thomond Park in the red of Munster, and was a try scorer in the reverse fixture in Limerick. The South African will want to get ball in hand in space, and in the close quarters, disrupt the opposition line out.
The British and Irish Lion, and Irish international is arguably one of the best in the business, and a big influence for Munster. He has bags full of experience at the top of the game, and will be provide the link between the hard working Munster pack, and dangerous backline.
Last Time Out
Leicester Tigers 34-16 Gloucester Rugby
Connacht Rugby 14-21 Munster Rugby
Munster have won each of their last five meetings with Gloucester Rugby, those victories all coming by more than 12 points.
Munster’s last six away games have all been decided by single figure margins, with their record evenly split in that period, winning twice, drawing twice and losing twice.
Gloucester Rugby have won six of their eight European Cup games when hosting Irish opposition (L2), however, their two defeats have both come against Munster.
Munster have stolen 10 lineouts this season, more than any other side after four rounds of action.
Munster’s Peter O’Mahony has stolen five lineouts this season, more than any other player and one more than Gloucester’s Gerbrandt Grobler who has stolen the second most (4, level with Ben Toolis of Edinburgh). O’Mahony has conceded the most penalties to date (9)
15. Tom Hudson, 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Ollie Thorley, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Callum Braley; 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Henry Walker, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Ed Slater, 5. Gerbrandt Grobler; 6. Franco Mostert, 7. Lewis Ludlow, 8. Ben Morgan (capt)
16. Franco Marais, 17. Alex Seville, 18. Ciaran Knight; 19. Freddie Clarke, 20. Gareth Evans; 21. Ben Vellacott, 22. Owen Williams, 23. Henry Trinder
15. Mike Haley, 14. Andrew Conway, 13. Chris Farrell, 12. Rory Scannell, 11. Keith Earls; 10. Joey Carbery, 9. Conor Murray; 1. Dave Kilcoyne, 2. Niall Scannell, 3. Stephen Archer; 4. Jean Kleyn, 5. Tadgh Beirne; 6. Peter O’Mahony (capt), 7. Tommy O’Donnell, 8. CJ Stander
16. Rhys Marshall, 17. Jeremy Loughman, 18. John Ryan; 19. Billy Holland, 20. Arno Botha, 21. Alby Mathewson, 22. Tyler Bleyendaal, 23. Dan Goggin
Referee: Romain Poite (FRA)
Assistant Referees: Cyril Lafon (FRA), Stephane Boyer (FRA)
TMO: Denis Grenouillet (FRA)
Citing Officer: John Montgomery (SCO)
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!