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Gloucester-Hartpury Women name side for local derby at Bristol

Gloucester-Hartpury Women name side for local derby at Bristol
Ashton Gate will be the venue for Saturday’s Tyrrells Premier 15s fixture between Bristol Bears Women and Gloucester-Hartpury Women. Tatyana Heard starts in the back row and Kelly Smith has recovered from injury.

Gloucester-Hartpury travel to take on a Bears side who are still seeking their first win of the Tyrrells Premier 15s season. The game is being played after the Bristol Bears vs Harlequins Gallagher Premiership fixture so should be played in front of a large crowd.

Tatyana Heard comes in for Georgia Bradley in the back row in the only change to the starting XV from last weekend’s win at Darlington Mowden Park Sharks. Zoe Aldcroft continues to skipper the side.

Zoe Aldcroft looks ahead to the game

Head Coach Susie Appleby acknowledged this week that it’s going to be quite some occasion in BS3.

“We are looking forward to the game at Ashton Gate tomorrow. It’s going to be tough, Bristol will be full of confidence after an impressive performance against Harlequins last week and playing at Ashton Gate in front of their home crowd.

“We had a good performance last week up at DMP and were more clinical in our execution. However, we know how tough it’s going to be tomorrow, we need to start well and put a performance together for 80 minutes to give ourselves a chance.

“Our A team are having their first runout tomorrow which is brilliant, we have 44 players keen to impress and fight for the first team shirts which is exactly as it should be.”

Gloucester-Hartpury Women:

  1. Mary-Ann Gittings; 14. Ellie Underwood, 13. Millie Wood, 12. Rebecca de Filippo, 11. Kelly Smith; 10. Ceri Large (vice-captain), 9. Bianca Blackburn; 1. Sasha Acheson, 2. Connie Powell, 3. Katie Dougan; 4. Courtney Gill, 5. Zoe Aldcroft (capt); 6. Taz Bricknell, 7. Tatyana Heard, 8. Shona Powell Hughes


Replacements:

  1. Ranni Samuda, 17. Ellie Gilbert, 18. Iona Antwis, 19. Georgia Brock, 20. Sarah Nicholas, 21. Meg Goddard, 22. Shauna Bennett

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