Feb 16, 2017
Match Preview: Gloucester v Saracens
Round 15 takes Saracens down to Kingsholm to face Gloucester on Friday 17th February, kick off 19H45.
Saracens have not lost back to back first team games since May 2015 and the Men in Black will be hoping for a big response after suffering defeat at the hands of Worcester Warriors in round 14.
Gloucester have a strong record at Kingsholm. The West Country side have only lost once at home since early October when Northampton Saints claimed victory by a single point and that home record extends to a win over Saracens too, with the Cherry and Whites overcoming the North Londoners in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. Despite this thought Gloucester have only won one of their last seven Aviva Premiership clashes with Saracens. After a shakey start to the season Gloucester are on the up however with three of their four wins this season coming in the space of the last seven rounds but they suffered a heavy defeat away to Leicester last weekend and will be looking to be in a big performance on Friday.
Last Time Out
Gloucester visited Allianz Park back in November for the first Aviva Premiership match up between the two sides this season. All four of the games tries came within the opening 20 minutes of the game and it was Gloucester who held the lead at the break. Alex Lozowski’s boot ultimately proved the difference between the two sides, the fly half totaling 14 points in the game, including key three second half penalties, to make the score 24-20 at the final whistle.
One to Watch – Ross Moriarty
Gloucester will be boosted this week by the return of flanker Ross Moriarty from Six Nations duty. 22 year old Moriarty has been a top performer for Gloucester this season and enjoyed an outstanding 50 minutes for Wales against England last weekend. His return will give Gloucester an added edge up front as they look to contain the Saracens threat.
“One thing this squad has always done is bounce back after set backs, it’s a huge challenge on Friday to do that. I don’t think Gloucester’s place in the table reflects how they’ve played; they’ve been playing some brilliant rugby. They’ve got quality players, they’ve brought a new aspect of their game in terms of a kicking game and they’ve got a fantastic defence. We’ve got to be at our very best to get a result.” – Jim Hamilton
Where to Watch
Screening – The Hundred Club, Allianz Park. Doors open at 18H30 with a curry buffet available
TV – Live on BT Sport, coverage from 19H00
Radio – BBC Radio Gloucestershire, kick off 19H45
Twitter - @saracens