Saturday 21 October 2017

Reds must beware wounded Gloucester

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Duncan Casey training with Munster
Duncan Casey training with Munster

Gloucester go into tomorrow's Heineken Cup clash with Munster licking their wounds after a 29-8 thumping from Saracens in their own back yard last weekend.

The heavy loss to Sarries came after Gloucester had doubled their win total for the season in the Aviva Premiership with two big victories to ease any relegation fears.

They defeated neighbours Worcester Warriors 12-6 before travelling to the Madejski Stadium beat London Irish 22-19. Their only other league wins this season came in September at home to Northampton and away to Newcastle Falcons.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh, who visit Thomond Park next week for the final pool game, saw their match away to Glasgow called off last week because of a waterlogged pitch. They were hoping to gain revenge at Scotstoun for the 20-16 loss they suffered over Christmas.

They host Perpignan this weekend, with the French arriving in Murrayfield on the back of a badly needed 20-8 home win over Bayonne.

Perpignan suffered two successive away defeats following their loss to Munster, going down 37-13 to champions Castres, before notching a bonus point from their trip to Paris, where they lost 19-12 to Stade Francais.

Irish Independent

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