Dai Young - Wasps gunning for revenge in Gloucester - The Coventry Observer

19th Aug, 2022

Dai Young - Wasps gunning for revenge in Gloucester

RUGBY UNION: REVENGE will be on the cards when Wasps face Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership, with Dai Young’s side hoping to put right last year’s defeat in Kingsholm this Sunday.

Wasps narrowly lost 13-10 away at Gloucester in the same fixture last season but Wasps head into Sunday’s game having lost just one match in seven all season as they sit second in the table.

Matt Mullan will captain the side from the front row, where he is joined by Phil Swainston and Tommy Taylor, who returns to the club from England camp.

Packing down behind them will be Matt Symons and Kearnan Myall, while James Gaskell again lines up in the back row, alongside Thomas Young and Guy Thompson.

Dan Robson and Danny Cipriani form the half back partnership, with Jimmy Gopperth and Kyle Eastmond combining in midfield. Rob Miller, Christian Wade and Josh Bassett form Wasps’ back three.

“I’m sure there’s going to be lots of talk down there about knocking us over on the weekend, like they did last year, and re-igniting their season,” said Young.

“They’ve been unlucky in a few games this year and I think their luck is going to change soon, so we’re certainly wary of how good a team they are.

“It’s up to us to make sure we enforce our game plan and are accurate if we want to get the win. We were on a really good run when we went to Kingsholm last year, but lost the game and that was probably the one loss in some big games that was the difference between us finishing second or third in the table.

“Gloucester have a huge amount of pace and dangerous players in their backline and they have a really strong pack, with a good set piece. Their line speed is also really good so I’m sure they will try to stop us playing and they have a number of players who really like to attack the contact area.”

Wasps team to play Gloucester at Kingsholm:

15. Rob Miller

14. Christian Wade

13. Kyle Eastmond

12. Jimmy Gopperth

11. Josh Bassett

10. Danny Cipriani

9. Dan Robson

1. Matt Mullan ©

2. Tommy Taylor

3. Phil Swainston

4. Matt Symons

5. Kearnan Myall

6. James Gaskell

7. Thomas Young

8. Guy Thompson

16. Tom Cruse

17. Tom Bristow

18. Marty Moore

19. Will Rowlands

20. Ashley Johnson

21. Joe Simpson

22. Frank Halai

23. Alapati Leiua

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