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Preview: Gloucester v London Irish

Preview: Gloucester v London Irish

George Skivington and London Irish are out for revenge against Gloucester Rugby this weekend but the lock has warned his teammates to not throw caution to the wind at Kingsholm.

The Cherry & Whites’ 21-9 Aviva Premiership Rugby victory over the Exiles at the Madejski Stadium back in November was the low point of the season according to Skivington.

On paper the game appears to be a dead rubber with Gloucester having sealed a spot in the play-off for qualification to Europe’s top table with victory in the European Rugby Challenge Final against Edinburgh last Friday.

Irish meanwhile are down in tenth in the table and have only won once away from home since September and Skivington wants to set the record straight.

“They have got a really good attacking game, they can open up any side they come up against so we don’t want to give them too much ball,” he said. 

“It’s no secret that a lot of our game is based on the driving game up front, we have done well in that area and we will look to do that again this weekend.

“The loss to Gloucester was one of our poorest performances of the season, we have had to watch that back this week to prepare and it has not been pretty viewing.

“We want to honour the guys that are moving on and finish on a high.”

The Cherry & Whites have won their last three matches in all tournaments and have not been defeated at Kingsholm in any competition in 2015.

And while London Irish have won just one of their last seven fixtures with Gloucester in all tournaments – 18-12 at Kingsholm in Aviva Premiership Rugby on 5th January 2013 – Tom Savage insists there will no complacency from the hosts.

“It’s another big game. It’s an opportunity for them to come here and play some good rugby and we are going to have to match that and be switched on for the full 80 minutes,” he added.

“The sun is out and teams are playing running rugby and I imagine it will be a bit of an end-to-end encounter.

“They have been steady enough this season and they have improved throughout. They haven’t been getting man-handled by teams and they are not an easy side to put away.

“The competition is incredibly tight at the moment. Anyone can beat anyone on their day.”

Kingsholm, 3pm

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (4th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Andrew Pearce & Roger Baileff. TMO: Robin Goodliffe

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