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Rugby Union: Gloucester To Edge M5 Derby


With home advantage at Kingsholm on Friday night, kick off 19.45, Gloucester should be worth backing for a win against Worcester who are third from bottom having won only five games and lost 12.

A win for Gloucester is essential if they are to achieve their ambition of finishing in the top four play-offs.Skippered by forward Lewis Ludlow, his team are currently fifth on 54 points with 10 victories in their 18 league matches.

They’ll be strengthened by the expected return of Wales winger Louis Rees-Zammit who’ll be keen to smash the weakest defence in the Premiership – Worcester have let in 95 tries which is the worst, so don’t be surprised if the Warriors let in a few more at Kingsholm.

It would be wrong, though, to dismiss Worcester’s chances in what is a derby. In their last game against Exeter, they were impressive, scoring five tries during a fighting performance against the former European and English champions.

Gloucester will need to keep a close eye on Warriors’ winger, Alex Hearle, who scored a hat-trick against the Chiefs, as Worcester recovered from consecutive defeats.

So, the game at Kingsholm, where Gloucester will be aiming to do a lot better than their two losing bonus points achieved at Sale in the previous match, may be close, but a home win is the probable result.

Can London Irish grab a play-off spot?

Another team with hopes of making the top four at the end of the regular league season is London Irish who started this week in sixth place with eight wins from 19 matches.

As Irish are at home on Saturday..Brentford Community Stadium..they should be favourites, and are worth putting money on as they are the joint top try scorers in the Premiership with 72.

Looking to bounce back after their defeat in a high scoring contest(47-28) at Welford Road against the league’s top side, Leicester Tigers, Irish are a dangerous team, and in hooker, Agustin Creevey from Argentina, they have the highest individual try scorer in the Premiership with 11.

Meanwhile, Northampton Saints have not abandoned their ambitious which may be too optimistic of also earning a top four finish.

Their hopes were boosted by a fine win..following four consecutive defeats in the Premiership..against Wasps by 27-22.

The Saints should be reinforced by the return of three stars from the Six Nations…Dan Biggar, Courtney Lawes and George Furbank..as they aim to climb up the table.

Northampton began the week in eighth place on 48 points..five behind Irish on 53.Expect an entertaining contest with Irish the favourites but the Saints should return to the East Midlands with a point or two.

The other Premiership games this weekend are:

Saturday: Bath v Sale Sharks, Saracens v Bristol and Wasps v Newcastle Falcons

Sunday: Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers