All Eyes On Kingsholm
By New Cherry
November 8 2019
Under pressure Sarries will arrive at Kingsholm desperate to keep their flag flying as they, and the professional game, absorb the enormity of the sanctions against them for breaching the pay cap rules over the last few seasons.
Is it a good time to be playing the club which is now on minus 26 points in the league? Probably not.
The 35 point deduction has yet to show on the official RFU league table presumably because of the pending appeal.
Regardless, the Sarries players will be keen to make their point on the field, and the fact that the whole world, apart from some former players, has been quick to condemn the club will bring them closer together.
Gloucs do not need to be distracted by the off the field shenanigans.
Not surprisinglky, there will be a nmber of changes from last week's disjointed defeat at Tigers with Freddie Clarke replacing the injured Ed Slater in the second row. In the back row Jaco Kriel and Lewis Ludlow return.
Callum Braley will be at scrum-half while Chris Harris make his first start t outside centre and Jason Woodward returns at full-back.
Gloucs: 15 Jason Woodward; 14. Tom Marshall, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Ollie Thorley; 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Callum Braley; 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Freddie Clarke, 5. Gerbrandt Grobler; 6. Jaco Kriel, 7. Lewis Ludlow, 8. Ben Morgan (captain)
Reps: Corné Fourie, Val Rapava Ruskin, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Ruan Ackermann, Jake Polledri, Joe Simpson, Billy Twelvetrees, Matt Banahan