Cometh The Hour
By New Cherry
May 24 2019
Can the Premiership Player of the Season get enough decent ball to thwart the best team in Europe? That appears to be the key to our chances of beating the odds and taking Sarries' scalp on their pitch.
A fully rested Cherry and White team will step out at Allianz Park as firm underdogs in the Premiership play-off semi-final - they will take on an efficient Sarries side who will take comfort in their 50 point home league win over Glaws.
But at Kingsholm we showed we knew how to unhinge the Sarries defence with a 30-24 win back in February.
Only Charlie Sharples keeps his place from the game at Sale last week with Will Heinz leading the side and Cipriani the man who Sarries will be looking to stop.
His mercurial talent can win any game and with Twelvetrees and Atkinson outside him , plus a talented back three waiting to snap up those long passes, we have the firepower to cause an upset.
But, as ever, the vital battle will be upfront. Kick off 1.30
Gloucs: 15. Jason Woodward; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Tom Marshall; 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Willi Heinz (captain); 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Ed Slater, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Jaco Kriel, 8. Ben Morgan
Reps: 16Mike Sherry, 17. Val Rapava Ruskin, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Tom Savage, 20. Lewis Ludlow, 21. Jake Polledri, 22. Ben Vellacott, 23. Henry Purdy
Sarries: Alex Goode, Liam Williams, Alex Lozowski, Brad Barritt, Sean Maitland, Owen Farrell, Ben Spencer, Richard Barrington , Jamie George , Vincent Koch, Will Skelton, George Kruis,, Maro Itoje, Jackson Wray, Billy Vunipola.
Reps: Joe Gray, Ralph Adams-Hale, Christian Judge, Nick Isiekwe, Mike Rhodes, Richard Wigglesworth, Nick Tompkins, David Strettle.