Iain Balshaw, James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Lesley Vainikolo;
Ryan Lamb, Rory Lawson;
Nick Wood, Andy Titterrell, Carlos Nieto,
Marco Bortolami (capt), Alex Brown,
Alasdair Strokosch, Akapusi Qera, Luke Narraway.
Reps: Olivier Azam, Jack Forster,
Gareth Delve, Will James,
Gareth Cooper, Chris Paterson, Jack Adams.
Referee -Rob Debney
Attendance - 12,354
Cherry and Whites hit Sarries for six
Lamb to the slaughter
Gloucester 39 Saracens 15
ON THE HEELS of the Heineken Cup competition and its disappointment,
it was back to Guinness Premiership action with a performance and a
result from Gloucester which went a long way to revive flagging morale
In seven days we have witnessed a difference as stark as day and night. Last week the intensity was breathtaking with the adrenal gland at overload. In contrast this week's game, whilst hugely entertaining, was as if it was an exhibition game.
That said, Gloucester exorcised the demons which had haunted their performances since Christmas. The ruck and maul was properly contested, the lineout was secure and there was pace in the line from forwards and backs alike.
The final score betrayed the truth - Gloucester could have easily run out winners at 50 or 60 points but that doesn't matter; what matters was they played with pace, aggression and heart.
J.G.P. - 12/4/2008
At long last a semblance of our early season form, players rejuvenated on drier grounds, unlike the Munster match the second and back row joined the front row in a determined unit.
Ryan Lamb who once again found the vigour of his youth and Saracens as usual were put to the sword at Kingsholm.
We deserve to finish on a high for we have led the way all season. Saracens were outplayed at the breakdown and contact areas.
This was a tonic and certainly the way to bounce back from the Munster disappointment.
This is a vital period of the season where we need our important and influential players fit, fingers crossed!
Dave King. - 13/4/2008
Well, they say a week is a long time in politics.
Who would have thought that after last weeks Heineken Cup results that Saracens, winners over Ospreys, would succumb to a Gloucester side laid to rest by the team work of the mighty Munster.
Last week I said players had to stand up and be counted, well stand up the entire team, a total team performance, led by the ringmaster Ryan Lamb and ably supported by Captain Bortolami, probably playing his best game of the season.
I have to say I was disappointed with Sarries play, I expected a lot more, but they were probably basking in the glory of last weeks win. Credit to the Cherry and Whites though, there were no hangovers from last weeks defeat, a truly cohesive game plan worked.
The return of Mike Tindall has made a big difference, his experience and leadership has been sorely missed. The Cherry and Whites are back and firing on all cylinders, with Ryan Lamb leading the parade, we looked so much better as a unit rather than a group of individuals.
Three more games plus the play-off semi final, a trip to Twickenham is on the cards.
More of the same please and who knows maybe a piece of silverware at last.