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Sixways clash to get Premiership Rugby Cup Round Three underway

Sixways clash to get Premiership Rugby Cup Round Three underway

Two memorable weeks down in the Premiership Rugby Cup and we get set to do it all again in Round Three, which begins with Worcester Warriors hosting Exeter Chiefs at Sixways.

There has been no shortage of memorable moments, upsets and great tries already in the competition so expect this to continue on Friday night.

In an extremely competitive Pool 3, where all four sides are separated by just one point with one win each, nothing can be taken for granted and both Worcester and Exeter will desperately desire the victory

The symmetry continues with this encounter, both teams having earned impressive bonus point victories in Round One before falling to defeat in Round Two last weekend.

Alan Solomons’ side were at times uncertain in defence in their 36-28 defeat to Bath Rugby, especially when conceding three tries within the games’ opening 30 minutes which effectively sealed their fate.

There were positives, in the form of their strong finish where free-flowing build-up saw Marco Mama, Ollie Lawrence, Ted Hill and Francois Hougaard all go over, and they will be looking for more of the same in that regard.

Exeter brought back down to earth after their opening game victory, losing 27-7 to Leicester Tigers in a humbling display.

Three tries in 25 minutes, and a fourth in the final five, capped an all-round dominant display for the Tigers in a result described as a ‘slap in the face’ for Exeter by director of rugby Rob Baxter.

He insists lessons have been learnt so expect a ferocious intensity in this encounter with both outfits looking to prove a point.

Team news

Warriors have made ten changes to their starting XV for the clash with Exeter, Andrew Kitchener remaining as one of the five starters who played in the defeat to Bath last week.

Andrew lines up alongside brother Graham for the very first time for Worcester while loosehead prop Ryan Bower, centre Alex Hearle and full-back Jamie Shillcock are all set to make their first starts of the season having come off the bench against Leicester and Bath.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, have made 14 changes to the starting line-up from last week’s defeat to Leicester Tigers with only Stan South retained from the outset.

With one eye on the challenges to come in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby season, Baxter has decided to give game time to the other half of his first-team squad.

Teams

Worcester Warriors: Jamie Shillcock, Tom Howe, Alex Hearle, Ashley Beck, Dean Hammond, Jono Lance, Michael Heaney, Ryan Bower, Isaac Miller, Conor Carey, Andrew Kitchener, Graham Kitchener, Caleb Montgomery, Sam Lewis, Cornell du Preez

Replacements: Beck Cutting, Kai Owen, Joe Morris, Justin Clegg, Matti Williams, Gareth Simpson, Scott van Breda, Nick David

Exeter Chiefs: Phil Dollman, Tom O’Flaherty, Ian Whitten, Ollie Devoto, Olly Woodburn, Joe Simmonds, Jack Maunder, Alec Hepburn, Jack Yeandle, Harry Williams, Stan South, Sean Lonsdale, Dave Ewers, Richard Capstick, Matt Kvesic

Replacements: Jordon Poole, Ben Moon, Marcus Street, Jannes Kirsten, Jacques Vermeulen, Sam Maunder, Gareth Steenson, Tom Hendrickson

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