By Cheery Cherry
January 6 2017
Glaws get an early opportunity to put the Saints defeat behind them with the visit of "lowly" Worcester to Kingsholm. There's a handful of changes with Laidlaw, Matt Scott and Charlie Sharples all returning in the backs ..
A four try win would put the Cherry and Whites some 15 or 16 points clear of second bottom Warriors, while a similar defeat would make us all start looking over our shoulders.
So let's concentrate on getting a win which would elevate us to mid-table with the prospect of kicking on in the remaining nine games.
However, Wuss are not to be taken lightly . If you believe Lawrie Fisher they should be up at the top of the league as his reverse psychology this week branded them "powerful with a couple of big ball carriers, a huge pack, a quality scrum" and the scorers of some "wondeful" tries.
Gloucs: 15. James Hook; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Matt Scott, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Jonny May; 10. Billy Burns, 9. Greig Laidlaw (captain); 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Richard Hibbard, 3. Salesi Ma'afu; 4. Tom Savage, 5. Jeremy Thrush; 6. Ross Moriarty, 7. Jacob Rowan, 8. Ben Morgan
Reps: 16. Motu Matu'u, 17. Paddy McAllister, 18. John Afoa, 19. Joe Latta, 20. Lewis Ludlow, 21. Ben Vellacott, 22. Andy Symons, 23. Henry Purdy
Worcester: 15 Jamie Shillcock 14 Dean Hammond 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Jackson Willison 11 Cooper Vuna 10 Ryan Mills 9 Michael Dowsett 1 Val Rapava Ruskin 2 Jack Singleton 3 Nick Schonert 4 Donncha O'Callaghan 5 Darren Barry 6 Alafoti Faosiliva 7 Sam Lewis 8 Phil Dowson (captain)
Reps: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Na'ama Leleimalefaga 18 Biyi Alo 19 Tevita Cavubati 20 Will Spencer 21 Marco Mama 22 Luke Baldwin 23 Ben Howard