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Tindall wants to banish Bath defeat at Northampton

By WillWoodrugby  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

Painful - Mike Tindall

Painful - Mike Tindall

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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.

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.

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  • CrazyLegs  |  February 08 2013, 7:36PM

    Another marvellous performance from Harden last Saturday. You had to be there to see it which Absolam obviously wasn't. He was tucked up in his little room at his home for desperate lonely old men, just as he always is at the weekend.

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  • telwez  |  February 08 2013, 7:31PM

    The Harden hating troll ( dmorris1066/Absolam/akadau/glasteruk1/etc.) really can't get over the fact that Nigel Davies considers Harden to be his top rated tight head, otherwise, why has he started Harden for 10 Premiership games this season, plus two others? The reason is patently obvious (unless you are the troll flanker_6 and you think you are better than Nigel Davies), Harden is his best tight head and the go to man when there is a tough job that needs doing and one that needs doing well.

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  • freshhglaws  |  February 08 2013, 7:27PM

    Fabulous performance from Rupert last weekend. Top man & the top tight head at Gloucester.

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  • craigben  |  February 08 2013, 7:25PM

    Harden = Gloucester Rugby's first choice tight head. No doubt about it!

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  • haztooms  |  February 08 2013, 7:22PM

    Harden is the number 1 tight head at Gloucester Rugby. If the troll Absolam ever gets to a Gloucester Rugby game he could see that for himself but he never goes to any games.

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  • starturn  |  February 08 2013, 7:19PM

    Harden proved, yet again, why he is the number one tight head at Gloucester and why the troll Absolam is clueless about any aspect of rugby union.

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  • dougiebailey  |  February 08 2013, 7:13PM

    When your tight head starts 9 out of 10 Premiership games... make that 10 out of 14, you just know that he is the best at Gloucester Rugby. That player is Rupert Harden!

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  • rayglaws  |  February 08 2013, 7:10PM

    Rupert Harden... Most starts at tight head.... Most starts of any front row player. That proves he is the top rated tight head at Gloucester.

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  • stewglos  |  February 08 2013, 7:07PM

    absolam aka dmorris1066 aka Gordon_P aka graybaggs aka peh45 aka akadau aka Glawsteruk1 aka Ruckandroller aka Kap721 aka flanker_6 aka GlosRugbyMan.... It is all just the one person who happens to hate Rupert Harden because Harden has consistently been the best tight head at Gloucester thus proving how clueless the troll is.

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  • garthshawX  |  February 08 2013, 7:04PM

    It is great to see Gloucester Rugby's number one tight head, Rupert Harden, back in his natural position, starting for Gloucester Rugby. Remember how our scrum was absolutely mullered against Tigers at Welford Road when Harden was out injured? I never want to see that ever again.

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