- Gloucester show only two changes to starting line-up
- Tait hopes to come away with the Cup after hard work
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Gloucester Rugby find themselves in the final for a third consecutive year and will go into Sunday's game as favourites, which as Head Coach Brian Redpath explains, is not a position the team have considered.
“We haven’t even talked about it. It’s another game. We just need to do our jobs, perform our roles. If we focus too much on the opposition then we’ll not play our game. If we do that then the results take care of themselves.”
“It’ll be a tough game. Alan Tait will be getting them fired up after their past three wins. They’ll be happy after those and they’ve shown a lot of character. They’ve nothing to lose.”
Redpath has made two changes to the starting line up that defeated the Dragons in the semi-final last weekend, one injury enforced and one tactical.
Missing out due to injury is club stalwart Peter Buxton who fractured his right forearm in the closing stages of the win last weekend. He is replaced in the starting line-up by Fijian international Akapusi Qera. Qera’s place amongst the replacements is taken by Matt Cox.
The only other change sees Tim Molenaar come in for Henry Trinder in the centre with Trinder dropping to the bench.
Falcons set to swoop in on Gloucester's Cup hopes
On the opposing side, Newcastle Falcons have announced only three changed to the team that snatched a last gasp 21-20 victory over Harlequins last week.
Luke Fielden returns to the wing, replacing Danny Williams who has failed to recover from a thigh strain. While creative centre Tane Tu’ipulotu gets a start at outside centre with Luke Eves making the switch to the wing.
A strong forward pack will lock horns with the Cherry and Whites with the only change being the introduction of Kieran Brookes for Euan Murray.
Following scenes of delight from Alan Tait at The Stoop last Friday night, the Falcons’ Head Coach says little is needed to rouse the players ahead of Sunday.
“It’s not very hard to get the players up for a game like this, and they are all buzzing for it,” Tait said.
“We’ve knocked out the top seeds away from home last weekend, we’re in the final now and we are growing as a group. We have put in a lot of hard work over the whole season, and I just hope that we can get something out of it,” he said
Olly Morgan, Charlie Sharples, Tim Molenaar, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, Tom Voyce, Nicky Robinson, Jordi Pasqualin, Nick Wood, Olivier Azam, Rupert Harden, Jim Hamilton, Alex Brown, Akapusi Qera, Andy Hazell, Luke Narraway (capt)
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