Intriguing Derby
By New Cherry
September 13 2018


Hats off to Brizz. They've started really well after returning to the Premiership and their arrival at Kingsholm for an atmospheric Friday night game promises to be a belter

Those of the Shed persuasion just want to see more of the talents of Danny and the boys and this week we will see Gerhard Grobler and Franco Marais in the pack for the first time in league action.

The only other change from the highly entertaining 31-31 draw at Bath is in the back row where Jake Polledri comes in and Ruan Ackermann moves to No 8.

They'll take on a Bristol (can't bear to use the name Bears) side which beat Bath 17-10 on the opening day, and then put in a very creditable show at Sarries last week eventually going down 44-23.

Gloucs: 15. Jason Woodward; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Henry Trinder, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Matt Banahan; 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Callum Braley; 1. Val Rapava Ruskin, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Ed Slater (captain), 5. Gerbrandt Grobler; 6. Jake Polledri, 7. Lewis Ludlow, 8. Ruan Ackermann

Reps: James Hanson,  Josh Hohneck,  Ciaran Knight,  Freddie Clarke,  Ben Morgan,  Ben Vellacott, Mark Atkinson,  Tom Hudson.

Brizz make nince changes from the side which lost at Sarries and will have John Afoa and Harry Randall starting.

Bristol: 15. Piers O’Conor; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Siale Piutau, 12. Tusi Pisi, 11. Ryan Edwards; 10. Ian Madigan, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Shaun Malton, 3. John Afoa, 4. Joe Joyce, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steve Luatua (captain), 7. George Smith, 8. Jack Lam.

Reps: Harry Thacker, Jake Woolmore,  Jake Armstrong,  Ed Holmes, Nick Haining, Nic Stirzaker, Callum Sheedy,  Zane Kirchner.