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Match Preview – Harlequins v Gloucester Rugby

Match Preview – Harlequins v Gloucester Rugby
The Cherry and Whites are on the road on Sunday afternoon, gearing up for a crucial play-off tussle, where Harlequins will play host to Round Sixteen of the Gallagher Premiership in front of the BT Sport cameras. (KO 1pm)

The Cherry and Whites will be keen to get back on the winning trail, but the Twickenham Stoop is not commonly a happy hunting ground, with Harlequins on a strong fun of form.

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

Tom Marshall

The winger looked in fine form for the Cherry and Whites at Ashton Gate last weekend, and capped a fine attacking display with a stunning finish. The visitors this weekend know they will have to be clinical in attack, and take full advantage of their chances.

Joe Marchant

The fleet footed centre has the ability to score tries out of nothing, and is a serious threat for defences in attack. The product of the Harlequins’ Academy is part of a dangerous centre partnership alongside former Munsterman Francis Saili

Last Time Out

Bristol Bears 28-24 Gloucester Rugby

Bath Rugby 29-31 Harlequins

Match Facts

Harlequins have won their last five Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches since their defeat at Leicester on 22 December, they have not won six in a row in the tournament in the same season since 2011/12. Harlequins have not lost at Twickenham Stoop in Premiership Rugby since Saracens were the visitors on 6 October.

Gloucester Rugby’s last four matches in Gallagher Premiership Rugby have all been won by the home side on the day. Gloucester are yet to win away from home in 2019 with their most recent victory on their travels being on a visit to Newcastle on 23 December.

Harlequins only defeat to Gloucester in their last five encounters was 9-37 at Kingsholm in April 2018, whilst Gloucester’s most recent victory against ‘Quins at The Stoop in Premiership Rugby was in September 2006, although they did beat Edinburgh there in the European Challenge Cup final in 2015.

Team News 


15. Mike Brown, 14. Nathan Earle, 13. Joe Marchant, 12. Francis Saili, 11. Ross Chisholm, 10. James Lang, 9. Dave Lewis; 1. Lewis Boyce, 2. Elia Elia, 3. Will Collier; 4. Matt Symons, 5. James Horwill (capt); 6. Jack Clifford, 7. Chris Robshaw, 8. Alex Dombrandt


16. Dave Ward, 17. Joe Marler, 18. Phil Swainston; 19. George Merrick, 20. James Chisholm; 21. Niall Saunders, 22. Marcus Smith, 23. Alofa Alofa

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. James Hanson, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Ed Slater, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Jaco Kriel, 8. Ben Morgan


16. Franco Marais, 17. Kyle Traynor, 18. Gareth Denman; 19. Freddie Clarke, 20. Lewis Ludlow; 21. Callum Braley, 22. Owen Williams, 23. Matt Banahan

Match Officials

Referee: Wayne Barnes

Assistant Referees: Hamish Smales & Paul Dix

TMO: David Rose

Citing Officer: Buster White.

How To Follow

This Sunday’s game is live on BT Sport, and there will be live commentary via BBC Radio Gloucestershire who will in place at the Twickenham Stoop.

Follow all of the club channels for live updates on the matchday live blog, Twitter and behind the scenes on Instagram.

Enjoy the game!

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