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Match Preview – Gloucester Rugby v Saracens

Match Preview – Gloucester Rugby v Saracens
After getting back to winning ways last time out over the Exeter Chiefs, the Cherry and Whites are back on home soil this evening, welcoming Gallagher Premiership league leaders Saracens to Kingsholm Stadium (KO 7.45pm)

Saracens picked up an impressive bonus point win at Allianz Park last time out against Leicester Tigers, and will be looking to cement their spot atop of the Gallagher Premiership table, whilst the Cherry and Whites will be gunning to build on their good performance last time out against the Chiefs.

Here are some players to keep an eye on this weekend.

Jaco Kriel

The Springbok international returns to the Cherry and White back row this weekend after a minor knock, and in an area where the home side will be keen to dominate against the league leaders. A menace on the floor, and with bags of pace, Kriel will be keen to keep the Cherry and Whites on the front foot.

Alex Goode

Still arguably someone who should be in Test match duty this weekend, the full back tops the charts for defenders beaten and metres made. The experienced Goode can play across the backline and operate as the second playmaker, and will be a man the Gloucester Rugby defence will want to keep very quiet this Friday evening.

Last Time Out

Gloucester Rugby 24-17 Exeter Chiefs

Saracens 33-10 Leicester Tigers 

Match Facts

Gloucester Rugby’s 24-17 victory over Exeter Chiefs last Friday ended a five-game losing run in all competitions. Gloucester have lost only twice at home in Gallagher Premiership Rugby this season, against Harlequins in round 5 and Sale Sharks in round 11.

Saracens returned to the top of the table for the first time since round 9 with their bonus point win over Leicester Tigers on Saturday – their fifth win in succession in all competitions. Saracens have lost their last two away games in Premiership Rugby, at Exeter in round 10 and at Sale in round 12.

The last six matches between the two clubs in Premiership Rugby have all been won by the home side on the day whilst Saracens most recent victory at Kingsholm was 17-15 in October 2015. 

Team News

Gloucester Rugby

15. Jason Woodward, 14. Tom Marshall, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Ollie Thorley, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Willi Heinz (capt); 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Ed Slater, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Jaco Kriel, 8. Ben Morgan

Replacements

16. James Hanson, 17. Paddy McAllister, 18. Ciaran Knight; 19. Freddie Clarke, 20. Jake Polledri; 21. Callum Braley, 22. Owen Williams, 23. Matt Banahan

Saracens

15. Matt Gallagher, 14. David Strettle, 13. Alex Lozowski, 12. Brad Barritt (capt), 11. Alex Lewington, 10. Alex Goode, 9. Richard Wigglesworth; 1. Richard Barrington, 2. Christopher Tolofua, 3. Vincent Koch; 4. Dominic Day, 5. Nick Isiekwe, 6. Michael Rhodes, 7. Schalk Burger, 8. Jackson Wray

Replacements

16. Tom Woolstencroft, 17. Titi Lamositele, 18. Christian Judge 19. Will Skelton, 20. Calum Clark, 21. Ben Spencer, 22. Max Malins, 23. Nick Tompkins

Match Officials

Referee: JP Doyle

Assistant Referees: Greg McDonald, Steve Lee

TMO: Trevor Fisher

Citing Commissioner: Buster White

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 Official Gloucester Rugby App, matchday live blog, Twitter and behind the scenes on Instagram.

Enjoy the game!
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