Matchday preview: Harlequins v Gloucester Rugby

Sunday, 10th March 2019 @ 09:30

Harlequins will go in search of their sixth consecutive league win, when they host Gloucester Rugby in Round 16 of the Gallagher Premiership on Sunday (kick-off 13:00).


Head of Rugby: Paul Gustard
League position: 3rd (48 points)
Top try scorer: Joe Marchant (13)
Top points scorer: Marcus Smith (174)

Gloucester Rugby

Head Coach: Johan Ackermann
League position: 4th (41 points)
Top try scorer in the Gallagher Premiership: Charlie Sharples (9)
Top points scorer in the Gallagher Premiership: Billy Twelvetrees (110)


Quins have won their last five Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches since their defeat at Leicester on 22nd December 2018, they have not won six in a row in the tournament in the same season since 2011/12.

Harlequins have not lost at Twickenham Stoop in Premiership Rugby since Saracens were the visitors on 6th October 2018.

Gloucester Rugby’s last four matches in Gallagher Premiership Rugby have all been won by the home side on the day. Gloucester are yet to win away from home in 2019 with their most recent victory on their travels being on a visit to Newcastle Falcons on 23rd December 2018.

Harlequins' only defeat to Gloucester in their last five encounters was 9-37 at Kingsholm in April 2018 while Gloucester’s most recent victory against Quins at The Stoop in Premiership Rugby was in September 2006, although they did beat Edinburgh there in the European Challenge Cup final in 2015.



15. Mike Brown, 14. Nathan Earle, 13. Joe Marchant, 12. Francis Saili, 11. Ross Chisholm, 10. James Lang, 9. Dave Lewis; 1. Lewis Boyce, 2. Elia Elia, 3. Will Collier, 4. Matt Symons, 5. James Horwill (cc), 6. Jack Clifford, 7. Chris Robshaw (cc), 8. Alex Dombrandt

16. Dave Ward, 17. Joe Marler, 18. Phil Swainston, 19. George Merrick, 20. James Chisholm, 21. Niall Saunders, 22. Marcus Smith, 23. Alofa Alofa

Gloucester Rugby

15. Jason Woodward, 14. Tom Marshall, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Ollie Thorley, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Willi Heinz (capt); 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. James Hanson, 3. Fraser Balmain, 4. Ed Slater, 5. Franco Mostert, 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Jaco Kriel, 8. Ben Morgan

16. Franco Marais, 17. Kyle Traynor, 18. Gareth Denman, 19. Freddie Clarke, 20. Lewis Ludlow, 21. Callum Braley, 22. Owen Williams, 23. Matt Banahan

What we've said - Paul Gustard

“We have generated some decent momentum this calendar year, winning our past five Gallagher Premiership matches. Now we want to build on this and be the best version of ourselves this Sunday against Gloucester.

“It was important we kept our winning streak last week against Bath and it was pleasing to see us scoring tries through phase attack, through our defence and through our set-piece. Now we are relishing our return to The Stoop to take on a high-flying Gloucester side. We look forward to the challenge they bring.”

What they've said - Johan Ackermann

“Credit to Paul Gustard and his coaching staff and team, they’ve played great rugby these last few weeks and are on a winning streak. They’re obviously a confident side. For us it’s going to be a massive challenge.”

Match Officials

Referee: Wayne Barnes. Assistant Referees: Hamish Smales and Paul Dix. TMO: David Rose. Citing Officer: Buster White.


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