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ROUND 20 | PREVIEW | Gloucester vs Sale Sharks

By Thomas Branston


Kingsholm Stadium (Kick-off 3:00pm)

Referee: Tom Foley

Assistant Referees: Adam Leal, Peter Allan

TMO: Rowan Kitt


Gloucester Rugby were defeated by Newcastle Falcons in the last round, narrowly missing out as Hodgson kicked an agonisingly late penalty to win the game, it ended 16-14 to the hosts.

The Cherry and White’s only win in their last four rounds of the Aviva Premiership was a 32-14 victory at Bristol on 24 March. Gloucester’s only defeat at Kingsholm in their last six encounters was to Harlequins where they fell 30-27 in the Premiership on 4 March.

Sale Sharks ended a three game losing run with their 36-26 try bonus-point victory at the AJ Bell Stadium against Worcester Last Friday. Sharks have won just once on the road this season, on a visit to Bristol in late October 2016.

Gloucester have the upper hand over their opponents having won their last three fixtures against the Sharks since Sale’s 23-6 win at AJ Bell Stadium in March 2015. The Sharks have won on two of their last five visits to Kingsholm, in April 2012 and in September 2013.

Last time out Gloucester beat Sale 26-13 at the AJ Bell, the Cherry and White’s were the only side to beat the Sharks at home last season and repeated this fate with tries from John Afoa and Charlie Sharples accompanied by three crucial Greg Laidlaw penalties to tie up the victory.


Gloucester | 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Henry Trinder, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Jonny May, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Callum Braley; 1 Josh Hohneck, 2 Richard Hibbard, 3 John Afoa, 4 Jeremy Thrush (c), 5 Mariano Galarza, 6 Ross Moriarty, 7 Lewis Ludlow, 8 Freddie Clarke

Replacements | 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Paddy McAllister, 18 Ciaran Knight, 19 Tom Savage, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Billy Twelvetrees, 23 David Halaifonua

Sale Sharks | 15 Mike Haley, 14 Denny Solomona, 13 Sam James, 12 Mark Jennings, 11 Byron McGuigan, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Mike Phillips; 1 Ross Harrison, 2 Rob Webber, 3 Halani Aulika, 4 Bryn Evans, 5 Andrei Ostrikov, 6 Cameron Neild, 7 Ben Curry, 8 Josh Beaumont (c)

Replacements | 16 Tom Curry, 17 James Flynn, 18 Kieran Longbottom, 19 George Nott, 20 Laurence Pearce, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Sam Bedlow, 23 Josh Charnley

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Aviva Premiership Round Up

By Thomas Branston

Saracens 40-19 Harlequins

Saracens guaranteed themselves a playoff spot after hammering Harlequins in front of 71,324 at Wembley Stadium. Chris Ashton impressed as he scored his fifth try in three games as Saracens kept the pressure on Wasps and Exeter Chiefs at the top of the table.

Defeat for Quins means they remain five points adrift of the play-off spots in sixth, with fourth-placed Leicester and Bath equal on points.

Bath 27-21 Leicester Tigers

Anthony Watson stole the headlines as he scored two late tries as Bath came from behind to beat Leicester at Twickenham.

In front of almost 62,000 fans, in their ‘home game’, Bath trailed 21-13 with just 14 minutes left but Watson had the final say to help secure victory.

Bath remain fifth, but move level on points with fourth-placed Leicester, with three games left, although the Tigers appear to have the easier run-in.

Wasps 32-30 Northampton Saints

Matt Mullan scored a last-minute try to secure a thrilling victory over Northampton at the Ricoh Arena.

Tries by Ben Foden, Alex Waller and George North put the visitors ahead, and Elliot Daly crossed to keep Wasps in touching distance at half-time. Christian Wade and Joe Simpson went over to give the hosts the lead before Ahsee Tuala and Teimana Harrisson crossed for Saints, but Mullan drove over and Gopperth clinched victory.

Wasps are already assured of a place in the play-offs and remain at the summit of the table. Saints are five points off fourth place but have a difficult run-in.

Exeter Chiefs 38-34 Bristol

Thomas Waldrom scored two second half-tries to ensure that Exeter will play a second consecutive year in the Premiership play-offs with a dramatic victory over relegation-threatened Bristol.

Exeter remain in second-place five points behind Wasps whilst Bristol remain eight points behind Worcester at the bottom of the table.

Newcastle Falcons 16 Gloucester Rugby 14

Newcastle Falcons edged past Gloucester on Friday night with a last-gasp Joel Hodgson penalty kick to secure a dramatic victory.

The sides were tied at 7-7 at half-time after England wing Jonny May cancelled out Juan Pablo Socino’s try. Tom Marshall scored for the visitors in-between two Hodgson penalties, but Hodgson then slotted a third penalty with seconds left to win the game for Newcastle.

Gloucester remain six points adrift of the European rugby places behind Northampton and Harlequins whilst Falcons moved to within a point of Gloucester with the win.

Sale Sharks 36 Worcester Warriors 26

Man of the Match Sam James scored two tries as Sale beat Worcester, who managed to pick up a crucial four-try bonus-point in the battle to avoid Premiership relegation.

James’ brace followed by Mike Haley’s effort just before the break put Sale 21-14 up, with Worcester’s tries coming from Francois Hougaard and Joseph Taufete’e. But second-half Bryon McGuigan and Ben Curry tries ensured victory for Sale.

Worcester move to eight points clear of Bristol in the relegation zone whilst Sale Sharks remain 12 points adrift from the European places.