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Preview: Gloucester Rugby v Wasps

Preview: Gloucester Rugby v Wasps

Wasps are flying high at the moment and a Kingsholm return for Dan Robson won’t distract the scrum-half from ensuring that remains the case on Sunday.

Wasps are the best side in Aviva Premiership Rugby on current form, having won their last six matches and dropped only three possible league points in the process.

But Gloucester Rugby are on a formidable run themselves, having only lost one of their last nine home games – 19-18 to Leicester Tigers in January

And Robson, who left the Cherry & Whites to join Wasps in the summer, knows his side will have to be on top of their game if they're going to return to Coventry victorious.

"It will be a strange one going back there to Kingsholm,” said the 23-year-old. “I am really looking forward to it but to be on a different side in front of the Shed will be interesting to say the least.

"Like us, Gloucester are a good side in good form of late – I think they have only lost one of their last nine at home.

"So we know we will need to turn up and be ready for a battle. They see Kingsholm as a bit of a fortress now and we will have to be at our best.

"Like us, they play a good brand of rugby and are in form – their home form is exceptional – so we know the challenge.

"But we also know that if we can get our own game right then we will get chances and hopefully be in a position to go there and get a result."

Gloucester may have an impressive home record but Wasps are pretty effective on the road, with their only away defeat in the league this season coming against Sale Sharks in round three.

However, the will be facing a Gloucester side high in confidence after a convincing win over Newcastle Falcons.

Tom Savage played an important part in that game, scoring Gloucester’s fourth try to wrap up maximum points, and he is looking to kick on again in front of the home support.

“It was a really pleasing win against Newcastle,” said Savage. “They’ve been going particularly well.

“We knew we were going to have to be at the top of our game then, but we know we’re going to have to step it up again this week against a team that are really flying high.”

It's been three and a half years since Gloucester have beaten Wasps, with the last win coming in a 29-22 victory at Kingsholm in September 2012.

“I didn’t know it had been that long,” continued Savage. “It probably adds a bit more to the weekend. We really need to start changing that run. Hopefully we can put in a good performance and get there at the weekend.

“You can’t go out there just trying to defend, defend, defend, all day. We need to go out there and take our game to them, get hold of the ball and really try and frustrate them.

“They’ve got a back three that can run it back and they’ve got some big powerful back rowers, so try and starve them of possession, try and get up in their faces and see if we can cause them some issues.”

Kingsholm, 3pm

Referee: Luke Pearce (47th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick & Paul Burton. TMO: David Rose.

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