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Preview: Gloucester v Worcester Warriors

Preview: Gloucester v Worcester Warriors

Gloucester Rugby’s five game unbeaten run at Kingsholm in Aviva Premiership Rugby ended with their 17-15 reversal to Saracens and Billy Meakes admits his side must put it right immediately.

The Cherry & Whites welcome Worcester Warriors on Saturday, and will need to bounce back as their unbeaten record in the league in 2015 is at an end.

Owen Farrell’s late penalty gave Sarries victory while the Warriors – who upset Northampton Saints in their opening round – came unstuck in shipping four tries to Sale Sharks.

And centre Meakes is adamant that he and his teammates will not be underestimating Dean Ryan’s side this weekend

“It was disappointing for us to lose our undefeated home record last time out,” he said.

“But we are very pleased to be back there again this weekend and hopefully we can reward the fans with a win.

“Worcester are an extremely strong side, with a strong squad who play great rugby, we saw what they could do when they beat Northampton on opening night.

“They have a very good bunch of players, their set piece is very strong and we will certainly need to match them there.

“And then their backline has some real threats, we know about Ryan Mills and his distribution so it should be a really good game.”

Worcester Warriors’ last five Aviva Premiership Rugby encounters have all been won by the home side on the day whilst Warriors have won just once on the road in the tournament in their last 28 away trips since New Year's Day 2012: 17-12 at Newcastle in March 2014.

Each side won its respective home game when the two clubs last met in the league in season 2013/14, whilst Worcester's only previous victory at Kingsholm was 13-6 in Aviva Premiership Rugby on 21st April 2009.

But Worcester winger Cooper Vuna is confident his side are ready to go to Kingsholm and get the job done.

“We’ve got a few boys here who have played for Gloucester and having talked to them, we’re all pretty excited to go down there and try to a job on them,” he said.

“They’ve got a lot of history behind them and they are going to be a very tough proposition for us.

“They are a great side with a lot of big players, they’ve already shown this season that they’re not going to give a team much. But we’re not going to go there and be surprised with what they throw at us, we just need to improve on last week and we can go get the win.”

Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors (Kingsholm, 2pm)
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (6th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Tom Foley & Jonathan Healy. TMO: Keith Lewis.


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