Match Preview: Gloucester United vs Exeter Braves

Gloucester United will host Exeter Braves tonight (7:30pm) in the Premiership Rugby A League at Royal Wootton Bassett RFC.

Exeter Braves will be looking to finish 2017 strongly and keep their position as leaders of the Southern Conference. Unbeaten in the league so far, Exeter Braves have put on a dominant showing this season with five consecutive victories.

Exeter Braves coach Ricky Pellow is expecting a tough test from Gloucester but wants his team to carry on their good form; “It’s been a real pleasing campaign for us so far, but we know playing Gloucester at any level is always a big test for us as a club. We’re top of the league at the moment and we want to finish the year in the same vein.”

“Again, we’ve been able to pick a strong squad and I know there are a lot of the boys who will want to be pressing their claims for what is a big Premiership block coming up soon. At the same time, it’s good for some of our young academy players like Danny Southworth and James Kenny to be involved in the squad and hopefully get some experience from playing at this level.”

Gloucester United are back to winning ways after last month’s victory against Bristol. Gloucester have Matt Scott back, after he returned from a ankle injury to come off the bench in Gloucester’s recent win over London Irish. The Scottish centre will be part of a relatively young side consisting of the Gloucester Rugby Senior Academy and Under 18 sides.

Gloucester emerged victorious in the team’s last meeting back in April, with a 33-20 victory.

Gloucester United
15. Carwyn Penny, 14. Mason Tonks, 13. Matt Scott, 12. Elliott Creed, 11. Jacob Morris, 10. Lloyd Evans, 9. Charlie Chapman; 1. Alex Seville, 2. Henry Walker, 3. Ciaran Knight; 4. Charlie Beckett, 5. Callum Allen, 6. Alfie North, 7. Aaron Hinkley, 8. Harry Wilson

16. Joe Mullis, 17. Dino Dallavalle, 18. Jack Bartlett; 19. Harry Butler, 20. JJ Tonks; 21. Ewan Fenley, 22. Ed Bogue, 23. Alex Morgan

Exeter Braves
15. Sam Morley, 14. Sal M’Boge, 13. Harry Strong, 12. Tom Hendrickson, 11. Harrison Cully, 10. Joe Simmonds, 9. Jack Maunder, 1. Moray Low, 2. Shaun Malton, 3. Marcus Street, 4. Toby Salmon, 5. Ollie Atkins, 6. James Freeman, 7. Julian Salvi, 8. James McRae

16. Elvis Taione, 17. James Kenny, 18. Danny Southworth, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Sean Lonsdale, 21. Stu Townsend, 22. AJ Cant, 23. Sam Laity

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