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A BIT OF GLOS


By Seany_boy
September 19 2018

Already we are four weeks Into the new Gallagher Premiership season, and it had been a blistering start, tries, controversy and all round excellent rugby across the board. Let's hope this continues with this early season top of the table clash between Saracens and Gloucester, at Allianz Park on Sunday 23rd September, in what should be another pulsating fixture.

In recent seasons there's only been a few points in it either way and usually a late kick ends the contest! Always an exciting encounter.
 
Saracens are currently 2nd with a maximum 15 points (Trailing to an inform Exeter Chiefs side who also have maximum points) and Gloucester are 3rd with 2 wins and a draw and 12 points to their name.
 
Gloucester themselves look very useful in this early season period. Winning quite convincingly against Northampton Saints in round 1, it lookes great for the cherry and whites, however in round 2 they threw away a 21 point lead against local rivals Bath in round two, but thanks to Matt Banahan (formerly of Bath) they rescued a draw. Then in round 3 it looked as if newly promoted Bristol Bears were going to claim a scalp over Gloucester, The bears took a 13 - 3 lead at half time. Would have been interesting to be a fly on the wall in that Gloucester training room as an inspired team talk from Johan Ackermann was taken onboard, his team came out fast and ended up scoring 32 unanswered points to win 35 - 13 in a remarkable second half. Danny Cipriani, Charlie Sharples,Matt Banahan and Jake polledri were standout performers for Gloucester. 
 
Along with the above mentioned players, the Gloucester pack looks strong this season, with the likes of Ed Slater, Fraser Balmain, and Lewis Ludlow and Ben Morgan to name a few. Gloucester also have a strong South African contingent, featuring the likes of Ruan Ackermann, Gerbrandt Grobler, and Franco Mastert. The Cherry and whites will be looking to bring their good form and attacking flair to Allianz Park this weekend, with the hope of unlocking the Sarries wolf pack defence, the break down will be key and they will be confident of being the first team to take some points from the Champions this campaign. 
 
A potential Gloucester team could be:
 
Rapava Ruskin, Morais, Balmain, Slater, Grobler, Polledri, Ludlow, Morgan, Vellacot, Cipriani, Banahan, Twelvetrees, Trinder, Sharples, Woodward
 
Replacements
Hanson, Dreyer, McAllister, Mostert, Ackermann, Braley, Williams, Atkinson
 
Saracens have had a tremendous start to the season, with 3 wins and 3 bonus points, however it's not been plain sailing for the men in black, they have been made to work hard for the wins in all 3 opening fixtures, and some ill displicine has caused some issues,perhaps in early season rust, however that said Saracens have been ruthless when required and capatlising on errors from opponents. That's probably why they many people's favourites to win the premiership overall come June. New signing Alex Lewington has been instrumental in recent wins, and proving to people his abilities to score when given an opportunity, he has 5 tries in 3 games so far, if he carries on scoring at this rate and features in all 22 regular games he would end up on roughly 35 tries come the end of season. Other notable performances include Ben Spencer, Will Skelton, Alex Goode who always seems to dazzle opponents with his superb footwork and vision and Dave Strettle, who after a 3 year wait surpassed 50 premiership tries, thanks to a brace v Northampton Saints in round 3. 
 
Saracens will be looking to maintain their 100% start and with the support of their passionate fans at home and their ability in their Wolfpack defence and taking opportunites to score from anywhere and from nothing, it could well be a tough day for Gloucester. 
 
A selection headache for Mark McCall in the backs, two new loanees (Joe Gray on a season long loan from Harlequins and Chris Judge on a 3 week loan from Cornish pirates), Jamie George to potentially make his 200th appearance for Sarries and Richard Wigglesworth to be Sarries most capped player overtaking Steve Borthwick, with 266 appearances if he features, a Saracens line up could be 
 
M Vunipola, George, Koch, Itoje, Kruis, Isiekwe, Wray, B Vunipola, Spencer, Farrell, Lewington, Barritt, Lozowski, Strettle, L Williams
 
Replacements
Gray, Barrington, Judge, Skelton, Rhodes, Wigglesworth, Tompkins, Maitland
 
Officials
 
Referee: Christophe Ridley
Assistant Referees: Paul Did and Rob Warburton
TMO: Trevor Fisher
Citing Officer: Danae Zamboulis
 
Match prediction : Sarries to win by 10 points
 
 

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A BIT OF GLOS
TheSaracens.com (IP Logged)
19/09/2018 20:30
Thanks Sean, I think this will be our toughest challenge so far!



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2018:09:30:14:20:40 by Darraghgirl.

 
Re: A BIT OF GLOS
The Bard (IP Logged)
20/09/2018 19:11
Nice one, although youve praised Goodey and then left him out of your team! Im sure hell be on the bench at least. The weather forecast looks hideous, which could make for a rather different sort of game from what weve seen so far.

 
Re: A BIT OF GLOS
Seany_Boy0511 (IP Logged)
21/09/2018 12:11
Quote:
The Bard
Nice one, although youve praised Goodey and then left him out of your team! Im sure hell be on the bench at least. The weather forecast looks hideous, which could make for a rather different sort of game from what weve seen so far.

I did leave him out, with the AIs coming up he will be vital in those weeks so thought maybe give him a rest this week, however he could well be on the bench,

And yes the weather will make for a different sort of game! Still going to be warm, just wet

 
Re: A BIT OF GLOS
St Jimmy (IP Logged)
22/09/2018 23:33
A potential Gloucester team could be:

Rapava Ruskin, Morais, Balmain, Slater, Grobler, Polledri, Ludlow, Morgan, Vellacot, Cipriani, Banahan, Twelvetrees, Trinder, Sharples, Woodward

Replacements
Hanson, Dreyer, McAllister, Mostert, Ackermann, Braley, Williams, Atkinson


I enjoyed the bench prediction, which features Dreyer who only finished his medical testing yesterday and will be available from next week, McAllister who is injured, Mostert who has yet to join up with Glos and won't get there until October, and Williams who hasn't been seen since the first game of the season.

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