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Redpath ready for Tigers challenge

Gloucester boss Bryan Redpath has vowed that his team will "give it a go" when they look to keep themselves in the Aviva Premiership play-off mix.

The west country club head to Welford Road, where opponents Leicester are unbeaten for 10 games in all competitions. The Tigers have also only suffered one league defeat since the Rugby World Cup ended last October, and they currently stand fourth, one place and four points above Gloucester.

"We believe we are a top-six side and we have to show that against top-six opposition," Redpath said.

"Leicester have had to dig deep since the World Cup, and credit to them, they have, but we have got to go up there and give it a go.

"This is as big a game for Leicester as it is for us. They need to win every game to stay in contention, and the 41-41 draw between us last year at Welford Road is irrelevant.

"We have got to match their set-piece and match them physically in defence."

Gloucester have won five of their last six games, but their last victory on Leicester soil came more than four years ago.

Leicester, one point behind Northampton in fourth, are buoyed by returning England half-backs Toby Flood and Ben Youngs after both players were released from international duty ahead of England's Paris appointment with France next weekend.

Elsewhere, wing Alesana Tuilagi is back after a two-week absence, while one other change from the line-up that accounted for Newcastle in bonus-point fashion last Saturday sees lock Graham Kitchener handed a start.

Gloucester are minus injured centres Henry Trinder (jaw) and Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu (knee), so Tim Molenaar gains a start alongside captain Mike Tindall in midfield.


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