Gloucester eyeing up Irish double
A one-point defeat to Newcastle Falcons at Kingsholm was Gloucester's last Premiership Rugby action, but they will look for an improvement in fortunes when they travel to take on London Irish tomorrow at 3pm in the Madejski Stadium.
Last time out had the feeling of a real play-off-chasing eight-pointer, as the win sees fourth-placed Falcons open out a four-point gap to the cherry and whites, who have now dropped to sixth place on the back of one win from five games.
Considering Gloucester finished 2017 with six wins from their last seven Premiership games, their recent run of form does not bode well for their hopes of reaching the latter stages of the league or their aim of Challenge Cup glory.
Last time out David Tevita Halaifonua Tonga played a big role for Gloucester, and after his early yellow card he crossed for his side's second try. Further tries from Mark Atkinson and Lewis Ludlow looked like giving them the chance of victory, but Falcons held on thanks to tries from Aly Hogg and Michael Young.
You would have to expect that Gloucester will be coming to Galway on the back of a win though, considering they face a London Irish side that has only won two of their 17 games in the league this season.
And news that South African hooker Franco Marais is on his way next season from the Sharks is another lift for the West Country outfit.