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Preview: London Irish v Gloucester Rugby

Preview: London Irish v Gloucester Rugby

Ian Humphreys admits there isn’t much to choose between London Irish and Gloucester Rugby this Aviva Premiership season, but is hopeful the Exiles’ home support can make all the difference come Sunday.

Defeat to Sale Sharks last time out meant London Irish slipped to their fifth straight Aviva Premiership defeat, leaving them second from bottom in the table.

But Gloucester sit just two places above their hosts on Sunday, having ended their own five game losing run against Worcester Warriors at the weekend.

The game could have massive repercussions when it comes to surviving in the Aviva Premiership this term.

A fact not lost on fly-half Humphreys who is urging the Madejski Stadium faithful to get behind the team for one final push in 2013.

“Gloucester had a good win last week, and probably deserved it. They will be a tough test,” he said. 

“They are quite similar to us in that we are both two teams who like to play rugby. They are a very attack minded team.

“With the position we are in in the league at the minute it’s a great opportunity to close the gap a bit, it will be about whoever rises to the occasion and puts the performance in.

“But it’s at our place and we feel very confident at home at the minute. We’ve got two big home games coming up and it’s a chance for us to show what we can do.”

Gloucester remain unchanged for their trip to the Madejski on Sunday, a stadium they have been victorious at on their last two visits.

This means that Billy Twelvetrees continues at fly-half and the England man insists he is growing into his new role.

"I'm getting better and better every week," said Twelvetrees. "I'm a much more confident player than the one who made his debut against Scotland, and much more knowledgeable.

"It's about applying that on the game because your perception changes week in, week out and all those experiences help me.

"There is a possibility there to cement a shirt. But there are a lot of other centres in the country that are going to be thinking the same thing.

"Obviously there are a lot injuries in the centres and that means that there is a chance for me to grab that place but it would be stupid of me to try and focus too far ahead.

"I was delighted to get my chance in the autumn and I played to the best of my ability and I hope that I get that chance again."

Referee: Andrew Small (95th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick & Paul Burton. TMO: Graham Hughes.

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