Gloucester Rugby v Bath Rugby Premiership Preview


Gloucester Rugby’s only win in their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby matches was 29-8 at home to Worcester in round two.


Gloucester are closing in on their best ever home unbeaten run in the Premiership – 24 matches without defeat at Kingsholm between October 2001-October 2003.


The current run standing at 20 unbeaten games at the famous venue since Wasps won there on 24 October


Bath Rugby have suffered just one reversal in their last eight Premiership encounters: 26-28 at home to Saracens on 10 September.


Gloucester achieved the Premiership double over Bath last season, whilst Bath have not beaten Gloucester at Kingsholm since 25 February 2006, although Bath did win the 2008 European Challenge Cup there with a 24-16 victory over Worcester.


Tim Taylor returns at fly half for Gloucester to pull the strings after he started Gloucester’s first two fixtures of the Aviva Premiership season but was an unused replacement against Harlequins last weekend.


Also returning to the starting line up are Jonny May, Darren Dawidiuk and, after serving a one match suspension, Will James who is back at the expense of Alex Brown who aggravated a shoulder injury last weekend.


Peter Buxton will continue to skipper a side which is still missing the likes of Andy Hazell (thumb), Dave Lewis (groin), Tim Molenaar (pectoral muscle), Luke Narraway (back) and James Simpson-Daniel (ankle).


Selected for the matchday squad for the first time is Argentinean international hooker Matias Cortese who is named amongst the replacements.


Gloucester did an Aviva Premiership double over Bath last season but will be taking nothing for granted against a side who have made a good start to the season a fact acknowledged by Head Coach Bryan Redpath:


“They’ve had a tough start. Newcastle away is never easy, Sarries at home was tough with the penalty at the end and Exeter have been going big guns. “


“They’re got a lot of people missing, the same as we have and injuries etc. It will be a real challenge for us at the weekend and the performance is everything. We must perform at home and the result generally takes care of itself. “


“They’ve changed their style a little since Geechs took over, they’ve been such an expansive, offloading team in the past. He has changed it a little bit and last year we were fortunate to come away with two results against Bath. But it’s a new year and a new team and we have to be wary of them. ”

Tim Taylor returns at fly half for Gloucester to pull the strings after he started Gloucester’s first two fixtures of the Aviva Premiership season but was an unused replacement against Harlequins last weekend.


Also returning to the starting line up are Jonny May, Darren Dawidiuk and, after serving a one match suspension, Will James who is back at the expense of Alex Brown who aggravated a shoulder injury last weekend.


Peter Buxton will continue to skipper a side which is still missing the likes of Andy Hazell (thumb), Dave Lewis (groin), Tim Molenaar (pectoral muscle), Luke Narraway (back) and James Simpson-Daniel (ankle).


Selected for the matchday squad for the first time is Argentinean international hooker Matias Cortese who is named amongst the replacements.


Gloucester did an Aviva Premiership double over Bath last season but will be taking nothing for granted against a side who have made a good start to the season a fact acknowledged by Head Coach Bryan Redpath:


“They’ve had a tough start. Newcastle away is never easy, Sarries at home was tough with the penalty at the end and Exeter have been going big guns. “


“They’re got a lot of people missing, the same as we have and injuries etc. It will be a real challenge for us at the weekend and the performance is everything. We must perform at home and the result generally takes care of itself. “


“They’ve changed their style a little sinc

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