LOCAL DERBY FOR GLOUCESTER RUGBY

Plan in place as Gloucester Rugby head to Worcester Warriors...

THERE’S a local derby at Sixways on Saturday as Worcester Warriors play host to Gloucester Rugby.

Gloucester go into the game determined to maintain their challenge for a top four spot against a Worcester side who will be keen to pull further clear of the foot of the table.

Having beaten Leicester Tigers last weekend, Gloucester are forced into two changes with both Ollie Thorley and Willi Heinz ruled out through injury. Matt Scott and Ben Vellacott will take their place.

There are also two changes in the replacements as Callum Braley and Owen Williams come into the matchday squad.

“They were just tremendous in defence and forced Exeter into a lot of turnovers and mistakes in their last game,” said Gloucester Head Coach Johan Ackermann of Saturday’s opponents. “They were physical at the breakdown and obviously went down there with a lot of self-belief. It shows how teams at this level are so well matched.

“They’ll believe that they can back that performance up and they’re playing at home, so they’ll see themselves as favourites.

“But we have our own challenges and our own reasons to perform. We also have the challenge of backing up our own performance last weekend.

“We have to focus on ourselves and ensure that we play at our level and, with all due respect, not worry too much about the opposition. We obviously have a plan in place but, this weekend, it’s all about the 80 minutes and making sure we turn up.”

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