Crunch Time
By New Cherry
January 11 2019

Thorley returns

The nerves are tingling already. Munster under lights at Kingsholm is a mouthwatering prospect and a game which could end up defining our season ..

We've not gone well in the league in last few games and seem to have lost a bit of direction. Now is the time to get the ship back on course.

Inevitably the tinkering with the side is over and there's a host of players back in the starting line-up for this one.

Danny Cipriani is most notable closely followed by the mercurial Ollie Thorley - both potential match winners in their own right.

Up front Henry Walker come is at hooker, Franco Mostert at blindside, Lewis Ludlow at openside and Ed Slater in the second row.

We did not have the best of luck in the first game. Danny was red carded, of course, which meant we played a full hour with 14 men, but stuck at it and came back strongly in the 36-22 defeat

Gloucs: 15. Tom Hudson; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Ollie Thorley; 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Callum Braley; 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Henry Walker, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Ed Slater, 5. Gerbrandt Grobler; 6. Franco Mostert, 7. Lewis Ludlow, 8. Ben Morgan (capt.)
Reps: Franco Marais,  Alex Seville, Ciaran Knight,  Freddie Clarke,  Gareth Evans, Ben Vellacott, Owen Williams,  Henry Trinder

Our visitors makes half a dozen  chhanges from the side which beat Connacht 31-24 last tme out. Rory Scannell, Mike Haley, Conor Murray,  David Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer and CJ Stander all coming in.

 Munster: 15 Mike Haley;14  Andrew Conway, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Keith Earls; 10 Joey Carbery, 9 Conor Murray; 1 Dave Kilcoyne, 2. Niall Scannell, 3 Stephen Archer, 4, Jean Kleyn, 5, Tadhg Beirne; 6 Peter O’Mahony (Capt), 7 Tommy O’Donnell, 8 CJ Stander.

Reps: Rhys Marshall, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Billy Holland, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, Tyler Bleyendaal, Dan Goggin.