WAY OUT WEST


By Darraghgirl
February 20 2019

  Somewhere in the bowels of Premier Rugby there sits a soothsayer. How else would the fixture list evolve in quite the way it does. Last Friday Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs visited Kingsholm. By Saturday evening they had lost top spot. This Friday Premiership leaders Saracens visit Kingsholm. Will the same fate befall them too?  

Gloucester and Exeter have become rather well acquainted of late, playing each other 4 times since 24th of November with each side winning twice. That said, after last Friday, Gloucester are on a temporary high. Relatively unaffected by International call-ups they have taken the opportunity of this International window with both hands. They currently sit in 4th place, 2 points behind 3rd placed Quins, who in turn trail Exeter and Sarries by 14. Prior to the Premiership resumption, Gloucester were struggling a bit, losing at home (in the PRC & the Heineken Cup) to Exeter, Munster and Sale and getting nilled away to Bath by 52 points in the PRC. In the Premiership they lost away to Leicester Tigers in January before the resurgence against Exeter. But the return of Danny Cipriani, Ruan Ackermann and a cameo from Matt Banahan seems to have turned things around for the men from the west country. Was this just a flash in the pan or can they do it again?

Gloucester are unlikely to make many changes from last. Shed web is reporting that Kriel and Polledri may be fit. But for whom? The consensus seems to be Ackermann to make way and Polledri on the bench. 2 of my favourite players, Henry Trinder & Charlie Sharples, seem to be a bit out of favour at the moment.

Woodward, Marshall, Twelvetrees, Mark Atkinson, Thorley, Cipriani, Heinz; Hohneck,  Marais,  Balmain; Savage, Mostert; Clarke, Kriel, Morgan

Sarries didn’t do too badly either last Saturday, pulling off a rather unexpected 5 point win against Leicester Tigers. Sadly the out of favour Tolofua didn’t to a lot to enhance his case so Woolstencroft will probably get the nod and Mike Rhodes and Will Skelton’s impact from the bench should see them promoted to the starting 15 this time but otherwise I don’t see a lot of changes unless injuries get in the way. This is a 6-day turnaround for Saracens but hopefully the 3 week rest that many of the squad enjoyed before last weekend will stand them in good stead.

I would expect Mark McCall to go with something along the lines of:

Gallagher, Strettle, Lozowski, Barritt, Lewington, Goode, Wiggy, Barrington, Woolstencroft, Koch, Skelton, Isiekwe, Rhodes, Earl, Wray

Everyone’s favourite Anglo-Irishman JP Doyle will be in charge. He seems to be about as popular in Gloucester as he is in Barnet. Heyho!

This one will be tough – but let’s keep the faith and believe we can do this.

pqs: qs:
WAY OUT WEST
Posted by: TheSaracens.com (IP Logged)
Date: 20/02/2019 18:23

REPORTER URGENTLY NEEDED FOR GLOS
Unfortunately Innings can not now cover the match and I am not around either
It's on TV so PLEASE could someone volunteer
I'm feeling rather lonely this month!
DG



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2019:03:08:18:05:31 by Darraghgirl.

Re: WAY OUT WEST
Posted by: PurfleetSarrie (IP Logged)
Date: 22/02/2019 05:50

Have you a reporter for this game as yet?

Re: WAY OUT WEST
Posted by: Darraghgirl (IP Logged)
Date: 22/02/2019 07:28

Quote:
PurfleetSarrie
Have you a reporter for this game as yet?
Not yet
Would you like to volunteer?

Re: WAY OUT WEST
Posted by: Darraghgirl (IP Logged)
Date: 22/02/2019 07:28

Quote:
PurfleetSarrie
Have you a reporter for this game as yet?
Not yet
Would you like to volunteer?

Re: WAY OUT WEST
Posted by: PurfleetSarrie (IP Logged)
Date: 22/02/2019 15:10

Have never done one so it will probably be rubbish but will have a bash if your short of a reporter ? May need some pointers

Re: WAY OUT WEST
Posted by: Darraghgirl (IP Logged)
Date: 22/02/2019 22:48

Sorry been out all day
Yes please
Write anyyhing you want

Re: WAY OUT WEST
Posted by: PurfleetSarrie (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2019 08:31

Have done a bad report how do I send it? Sorry

Re: WAY OUT WEST
Posted by: Darraghgirl (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2019 09:45

Quote:
PurfleetSarrie
Have done a bad report how do I send it? Sorry

Report received - thank you very much

Doesn't look bad to me!

I'll edit it and publish it this afternoon

And I would be delighted if you would do another one in the future

DG

Re: WAY OUT WEST
Posted by: TonyTaff (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2019 12:26

New blood!

Said the vampire to the editrix!

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