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Bryan Redpath

Bryan Redpath

Bryan Redpath

If play-offs did not exist in English rugby then west country heavyweights Gloucester would be able to reflect on winning three league titles.

Gloucester finished top by 15 points in 2003, but then lost the inaugural Twickenham play-off final 39-3 to Wasps. They were 'first' again four years later, before shipping 44 points against Leicester; then took top spot three years ago, only for Tigers to dump them out in the semi-finals.

Gloucester face Saracens in the Premiership semi-final at vicarage road and coach Bryan Redpath said: "Play-offs are tough, and you have got to be mentally tough to deal with them. We've had two finals and a semi-final, and this is the fourth play-off we have been involved in."

He added: "Saracens are very efficient in what they do. They don't take a huge amount of risks, and they are pretty relentless. You don't lose only four games in a domestic season and not be a good team.

"We have nothing to lose on Sunday, but physically, we must compete.

"We were a little bit flat and off the pace against Saracens three weeks ago, and if you are going to compete against a top side, you must match physicality with physicality.

"If you don't match it, they are capable of beating you, which they showed three weeks ago."

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