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Premiership | Kingsholm
18:45 (GMT) | 22-09-2017
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Tom Marshall
  • 14 Charlie Sharples
  • 13 Matt Scott
  • 12 Mark Atkinson
  • 11 Jonny May
  • 10 Billy Burns
  • 9 Willi Heinz
  • 8 Ben Morgan
  • 7 Lewis Ludlow
  • 6 Ross Moriarty
  • 5 Jeremy Thrush
  • 4 Tom Savage
  • 3 John-Roy Afoa
  • 2 Richard Hibbard
  • 1 Josh Hohneck
RESERVES
  • 23 Henry Trinder
  • 22 Billy Twelvetrees
  • 21 Greig Laidlaw
  • 20 Freddie Clarke
  • 19 Mariano Galarza
  • 18 Paddy McAllister
  • 17 Yann Thomas
  • 16 Darren Dawidluk
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    TBC
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PREVIEW: Premiership, Round Four

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:42

REDEMPTION: Just a few short months after Exeter Chiefs’ triumph over Wasps in the Premiership Rugby Final the two teams will meet again in Round Four of the new campaign.

Wasps will be out for revenge after suffering extra-time heartbreak at Twickenham in May with flank James Haskell expecting another close encounter.

Haskell’s side beat the Chiefs 25-20 at the Ricoh Arena last year before an enthralling 35-35 draw at Sandy Park in the reverse fixture in February.

And while Wasps finished top of the pile last term, both sides finished with 84 points, so the result at Sandy Park in Round Four could prove crucial come to the end of the season.

"Playing Exeter in Round Four is huge for the club," said Haskell. "As a player, it’s about just trying to pit yourself against the best and Exeter have been doing that for a long time.

"It will add a little bit more spice to the occasion the fact that we got beaten but we’ve played Exeter so many times in the last few years. You know it’s a big game, you have to raise yourself up.

"To be honest with you, they’ve been so close to winning the final which they managed to achieve last year, over the last couple of years they’re always a team to beat,"

And while Wasps saw their unbeaten home record ended by Harlequins at the weekend, Exeter Chiefs looked in fine form as they beat Worcester Warriors 41-10 at Sixways.

The win leaves the Chiefs a single point above Wasps in the league table as the familiar foes sit, once again, first and second in the Premiership Rugby standings.

"Us and Wasps finished on exactly the same points last season and one or two points is the difference between home semi-final or even a semi-final at all," added Chiefs wing, Jack Nowell.

"I think Wasps in Round four is going to be a big one. Wasps are a quality team, they’ve probably got even stronger from last year the main thing is that every point counts again.

"We like to back ourselves at home so again they’re going to be one of the top teams this season so that’s one of the teams we want to beat,"

We take a look at Round four action!

Friday, September 22

Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors
(Kingsholm - Kick-off: 19.45, 18.45 GMT)

Gloucester Rugby have won just one of their last four Premiership Rugby encounters, over reigning champions Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm in round 1. Gloucester’s most recent home defeat was also against Exeter, in round 22 last season.

Worcester Warriors have lost their last five Premiership Rugby matches since beating Bath 25-19 at Sixways in April. The Warriors have not won away from home in Premiership Rugby since a visit to Harlequins in March 2016.

The last three encounters between the two clubs have been evenly split with a win apiece plus a draw, whilst Worcester’s only previous victory at Kingsholm was 13-6 in Premiership Rugby in April 2009.

Teams:

Gloucester: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Billy Twelvetrees, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Ollie Thorley 10 Billy Burns, 9 Willi Heinz (captain), 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Jacob Rowan, 6 Freddie Clarke, 5 Jeremy Thrush; 4 Ed Slater, 3 John Afoa, 2 Motu Matu’u, 1 Val Rapava Ruskin.
Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Tom Savage, 20 Lewis Ludlow, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Henry Trinder, 23 David Halaifonua.

Worcester: 15 Josh Adams, 14 Perry Humphreys, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Bryce Heem, 10 Ryan Mills, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 GJ van Velze, 7 Sam Lewis, 6 Alafoti Faosiliva, 5 Pierce Phillips, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan (captain), 3 Biyi Alo, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Ryan Bower.
Replacements: 16 Joe Taufete’e, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Gareth Milasinovich, 19 Christian Scotland-Williamson, 20 David Denton, 21 Jono Kitto, 22 Dean Hammond, 23 Jamie Shillcock.

Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Adam Leal, Peter Allan.
TMO: Rowan Kitt.

Saturday, September 23

Bath Rugby v Newcastle Falcons
(Recreation Ground - Kick-off: 15.00, 14.00GMT)

Bath Rugby’s record over the last eight rounds of Premiership Rugby is an even, won four lost four, whilst their only defeat at the Recreation Ground in any competition since New Year’s Eve was to Wasps in round 17 of Premiership Rugby.

Newcastle Falcons’ four-game winning run in Premiership Rugby ended in Philadelphia on Saturday with their 7-29 reversal to Saracens. The Falcons have won their last two away games at Bristol and at Sale, but have not won three in a row on the road since 2013.

The last four encounters between the two clubs in Premiership Rugby have all been won by the home side on the day, whilst the Falcons have not won in Bath since October 2009.

Teams:

Bath: TBC

Newcastle Falcons: TBC

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Assistant Referees: Anthony Woodthorpe, Roy Maybank.
TMO: David Sainsbury.

Harlequins v Leicester Tigers
(Twickenham Stoop - Kick-off: 15.00, 14.00GMT)

Harlequins have won their last two Premiership Rugby matches, against Gloucester and Wasps, but have not won three in a row in the tournament since May 2014. Quins lost just twice at the Twickenham Stoop last season in Premiership Rugby, against Leicester and Exeter.

Leicester Tigers ended a three-game losing run in  Premiership Rugby with their 24-10 victory over Gloucester at Welford Road on Saturday. The Tigers record on the road in Premiership Rugby last season was won six, lost five.

Tigers achieved the season’s double over Harlequins last year for the first time since 2010/11. Leicester have not won three games in succession against the Londoners since 2008 and have won on their last two visits to the Twickenham Stoop, against Harlequins in February and Exeter in the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup in March.

Teams:

Harlequins: TBC

Leicester Tigers: TBC

Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant Referees: Hamish Smales, Jonathan Healy.
TMO: Geoffrey Warren.

Saracens v Sale Sharks
(Allianz Park - Kick-off: 15.00, 14.00GMT)

Saracens last six matches in all competitions have been evenly split with three wins and three defeats. Saracens have lost just one of their last 24 home games in all competitions at all their home venues; 10-32 to Leicester in the semi-final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup in March – their most recent defeat at home in Premiership Rugby was to Northampton at Allianz Park in March 2016.

Sale Sharks have gained just three victories in their last seven Aviva Premiership Rugby contests but tallied four-try bonus points in that sequence. Sale have won just once away from home in Premiership Rugby in May 2016: 31-13 at relegated Bristol last October.

Saracens are unbeaten in their last six matches against Sale, whilst the Sharks only victory in their last twelve fixtures with Saracens was 14-10 at AJ Bell Stadium in February 2015. Sale have won only once on Saracens soil in Premiership Rugby history: 40-32 at Vicarage Road in September 2005.

Teams:

Saracens: TBC

Sale Sharks: TBC

Referee: Thomas Foley
Assistant Referees: Tim Wigglesworth, Paul Dix.
TMO: David Grashoff.

Sunday, September 24

Exeter Chiefs v Wasps
(Sandy Park - Kick-off: 15.00, 14.00GMT)

Exeter Chiefs only defeat in Premiership Rugby since last October was 21-28 at Gloucester on the opening evening of the new season. The Chiefs have not been defeated at Sandy Park in the competition since Bath were the visitors in round 7 last season.

Wasps lost their 100% winning record with their home defeat to Harlequins on Sunday but have lost only two of their last eight away games in Premiership Rugby – at Sale and at Harlequins.

Exeter have lost just one of their last six encounters with Wasps in Premiership Rugby: 20-25 at the Ricoh Arena in September 2016. Wasps have never won in ten previous visits to Sandy Park in all tournaments, although they did draw there 35-all in round 14 last season.

Teams:

Exeter Chiefs: TBC

Wasps: TBC

Referee: JP Doyle
Assistant Referees: Christophe Ridley, Simon McConnell.
TMO: Graham Hughes.

London Irish v Northampton Saints
(Madejski Stadium - Kick-off: 15.00, 14.00 GMT)

London Irish have lost their last two Premiership Rugby matches 7-37 at Exeter and 7-36 at Sale.

The Exiles have won their last three matches at Madejski Stadium since Jersey beat them there in the
semi-final of last year’s British & Irish Cup.

Northampton Saints have lost only one of their last four Premiership Rugby matches: 24-55 to Saracens at Twickenham in the London doubleheader. The Saints have lost their last three away games in the competition.

The East Midlanders’ only loss in their last seven encounters with London Irish in Premiership Rugby
was 23-25 on their most recent visit to Reading on Boxing Day 2015.

Teams:

London Irish: TBC

Northampton Saints: TBC

Referee: Luke Pearce (64th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Jack Makepeace, Greg Macdonald.
TMO: Sean Davey.

Source: @PremRugby

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Gloucester return to winning ways

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:38

PREMIERSHIP REPORT: Gloucester held on at the death to return to winning ways in the Premiership with a 24-19 success over Worcester Warriors as Ollie Thorley scored two tries at Kingsholm.

After beating champions Exeter Chiefs in Round One, Gloucester were soon in control with Thorley crossing twice inside the opening 20 minutes and Billy Twelvetrees adding a third soon after the break.

But Perry Humphreys replied twice for the visitors who came close to snatching victory as Ryan Mills knocked over three penalties.

The Warriors, without a win so far this season, saw captain Donncha O'Callaghan sent to the sin bin after six minutes as Willi Heinz took a quick penalty five metres from the tryline.

Gloucester were ahead soon after through a Billy Burns penalty and it was the flyhalf who provided the first try minutes later.

Burns sent a brilliant flat pass to Jason Woodward whose neat offload gave Thorley space to score and the Gloucester wing doubled his tally soon after.

Centre Twelvetrees carved through the Warriors defence with Thorley once again in the right place at the right time to make it 17-0 after 18 minutes.

Worcester worked themselves back into the game with two Ryan Mills penalties reducing the deficit before half-time.

Trinder replaced Mark Atkinson at half-time and had an immediate impact as he broke through the Warriors defence and ran almost the length of the feed.

He played a one-two with skipper Heinz before Twelvetrees took an offload to dot down under the posts to make it 24-6.

Winger Perry Humphreys then beat Charlie Sharples to a Mills’ crossfield kick to reduce the deficit before adding a second score with eight minutes to go.

Mills hit a third penalty for a losing bonus point but the Warriors remain winless at Kingsholm since April 2009.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:
Tries: Thorley 2, Twelvetrees
Cons: Burns 3
Pen: Burns

For Worcester Warriors:
Tries: Humphreys 2
Cons: Mills 3

Yellow card: Donncha O'Callaghan (Worcester Warriors, 6)

Teams:

Gloucester: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Billy Twelvetrees, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Ollie Thorley 10 Billy Burns, 9 Willi Heinz (captain), 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Jacob Rowan, 6 Freddie Clarke, 5 Jeremy Thrush; 4 Ed Slater, 3 John Afoa, 2 Motu Matu’u, 1 Val Rapava Ruskin.
Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Tom Savage, 20 Lewis Ludlow, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Henry Trinder, 23 David Halaifonua.

Worcester: 15 Josh Adams, 14 Perry Humphreys, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Bryce Heem, 10 Ryan Mills, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 GJ van Velze, 7 Sam Lewis, 6 Alafoti Faosiliva, 5 Pierce Phillips, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan (captain), 3 Biyi Alo, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Ryan Bower.
Replacements: 16 Joe Taufete’e, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Gareth Milasinovich, 19 Christian Scotland-Williamson, 20 David Denton, 21 Jono Kitto, 22 Dean Hammond, 23 Jamie Shillcock.

Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Adam Leal, Peter Allan.
TMO: Rowan Kitt.

Source: @premrugby