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Match Preview – Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Rugby

Match Preview – Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Rugby
The Cherry and Whites are on the road this weekend, with another crucial Gallagher Premiership clash against near neighbours Worcester Warriors on Sunday afternoon in Round 20 (KO 3pm)

The Cherry and Whites have picked up six wins wins in their last seven games, and head to Sixways Stadium to take on a dangerous Worcester Warriors side, who are keen to put some distance between themselves and the bottom of the table.

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

Ruan Ackermann

The back rower is in fine form in a Cherry and White pack that continues to improve game-by-game, and after four tries in his last four outings, Ackermann will be looking to build on this hot streak at Sixways this weekend.

Josh Adams

After a hat trick in his last outing on home soil for the Warriors in their thumping win over Sale Sharks, the Welsh international is a real threat in open space, and as shown during the Guinness Six Nations, knows his way to the try line.

Last Time Out 

Gloucester Rugby 27-23 Bath Rugby

Worcester Warriors 39-17 Sale Sharks

Match Facts

Worcester Warriors have won two of their last three Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures whilst at Sixways they have lost just twice in Premiership Rugby since September – to Northampton in Round 10 and Exeter in Round 16.

Gloucester Rugby have won their last four Gallagher Premiership Rugby encounters since their reversal at Bristol on 1 March. The Cherry & Whites have not won five in a row in the tournament since December 2017.

Gloucester’s only defeat in their last five fixtures with Worcester was 15-25 in this equivalent game at Sixways in Round 15 last season.

Team News

Worcester Warriors

15. Chris Pennell, 14. Perry Humphreys, 13. Francois Venter, 12. Ben Te’o, 11. Josh Adams; 10. Duncan Weir, 9. Francois Hougaard; 1. Ethan Waller, 2. Niall Annett, 3. Nick Schonert; 4. Anton Bresler, 5. Darren Barry; 6. Marco Mama (capt), 7. Sam Lewis, 8. Cornell du Preez

Replacements

16. Jack Singleton, 17. Callum Black, 18. Gareth Milasinovich; 19. Michael Fatialofa, 20. Andrew Kitchener; 21. Ted Hill, 22. Michael Heaney, 23. Jono Lance

Gloucester Rugby

15. Matt Banahan, 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Henry Purdy; 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Willi Heinz (capt); 1. Val Rapava Ruskin, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Gareth Denman; 4. Ed Slater, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Jake Polledri, 8. Ben Morgan

Replacements:

16. Mike Sherry, 17. Josh Hohneck, 18. Fraser Balmain, 19. Tom Savage, 20. Lewis Ludlow; 21. Callum Braley, 22. Lloyd Evans, 23. Jason Woodward

Match Officials

Referee: JP Doyle (169th Premiership game).

Assistant Referees: Anthony Woodthorpe & Jonathan Healy. TMO: Graham Hughes.

Citing Officer: Paul Hull.

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 Sixways Stadium.

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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