Gloucester Rugby Head Coach Bryan Redpath has made two changes to the starting line up that defeated the Dragons last weekend, one injury enforced and one tactical. With the Gloucester Rugby medical staff having done a sterling job this week, changes are kept to a minimum with the majority of those who participated in the winning semi final effort retained for Sunday’s final.
Unfortunately missing out due to injury is club stalwart Peter Buxton who fractured his right forearm in the closing stages of the win over the Dragons.
Buxton underwent surgery earlier this week and 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.
With a trophy and automatic Heineken Cup qualification up for grabs, there’s plenty to play for and both teams come into Sunday’s final on the back of a good run of form.
Gloucester have won ten in a row in all competitions while the Falcons have won three on the bounce.
Come Sunday, however, according to Bryan Redpath, that won’t count for much.
“Form going into a cup final really doesn’t mean a huge amount but we have to take confidence from the past ten weeks.”
“People don’t go into finals with form and reputations. Anyone can win on the day. Look at Birmingham and Arsenal. You can never get arrogant or overly confident, you have to be realistic and honest.”
Gloucester have been given the tag of favourites but the squad have ignored that talk according to Redpath.
“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.”
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)
Darren Dawidiuk, Yann Thomas, Shaun Knight, Will James, Matt Cox, Tim Taylor, Freddie Burns, Henry Trinder