Tindall wants to banish Bath defeat at Northampton
GLOUCESTER boss Nigel Davies has made six changes to the side that suffered their biggest home defeat in three years for the trip to Northampton tomorrow.
After losing 32-5 at home to Bath last week, which was the Cherry and Whites’ heaviest professional-era Kingsholm loss to their West Country rivals, Davies has changed nearly half his team.
Jonny May and Nick Wood return from England Saxons duty with Darren Dawidiuk, Will James, Akapusi Qera and Dan Robson also coming back into the fold.
Out go Peter Buxton, Jimmy Cowan, Huia Edmonds, Dan Murphy, Andy Hazell and Shane Monahan as Gloucester look to kick on in the league now.
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Davies’ side have been competing in the Amlin Challenge and LV= Cups for the last four weeks but it is back to the bread and butter of the Premiership at Franklin’s Gardens.
The Bath loss may still be fresh in the mind but centre Mike Tindall says the squad are still trying to erase memories of the 18-12 reverse against London Irish on January 5.
He said: “We still feel hurt by the London Irish loss, let alone the Bath game, to be honest.
“So we’ve got huge motivation to get over both those losses now.
“There is nothing to stop us going to Northampton and pulling off what would be a great result.
“But we’ve got to sort out our discipline problems – and keep the ball.
“We’ve got to channel the hurt from the league defeat to Irish, and Saturday’s Bath loss, and get back to our proper levels – back to the rugby that we want to define what we’re all about.”
Gloucester Rugby: Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Mike Tindall (capt), Tim Molenaar, Jonny May; Ryan Mills, Dan Robson; Nick Wood, Darren Dawidiuk, Rupert Harden; Lua Lokotui, Will James; Tom Savage, Akapusi Qera, Sione Kalamafoni. Replacements: Tommaso d’Apice, Dan Murphy, Yann Thomas, Peter Buxton, Matt Cox, Jimmy Cowan, Shane Monahan, Martyn Thomas.