Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Redpath ready for Quins challenge

Bryan Redpath

Gloucester coach Bryan Redpath has challenged his side to keep their push for a play-off place on track by ending their poor run against Aviva Premiership leaders Harlequins at Kingsholm.

Back-to-back victories over Northampton and Bath have seen the Cherry and Whites rise to sixth in the table, just three points outside of a top-four berth. But to keep their good run going they will need to see off a Quins side who have won all three meetings between the sides so far this term.

"Saturday is round three of four massive matches for us and we have to make sure we're up for it. There's no better challenge for us after three previous defeats against Quins," said Redpath.

"They're a good side and I've a lot of respect for them. And for Conor (O'Shea) as well.

"They're a rugby-playing side too. They're not a side that's boring to play against, they have some tricks up their sleeve.

"Every game we've improved. We've had our chances against them, they've just been far more clinical with the opportunities they've created.

"It's a real challenge but a good one, and one we should be looking forward to."

Redpath has been forced into three changes from last week's derby win at Bath as hooker Darren Dawidiuk and lock Will James come in for Scotland squad members Scott Lawson and Jim Hamilton, while an injury to centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu sees Henry Trinder come into midfield.

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