Gloucester against Saracens is a fascinating battle in the second of the Aviva Premiership’s semi-finals at Vicarage Road on Sunday.
Saracens play uncompromising rugby in big games and their run of form in the second half of the season is testament to the fact that they know exactly what is needed to win.
They have a similar group of players for most games because they don’t lose many to the international window and that has enabled them to build continuity in what that want to do.
They don’t play much rugby when it matters most and history has proven that is the best way to win big games. There are few champions around who have won pots by throwing the ball around on the big day.
But Gloucester have some serious talent this season and, if they can win enough quality ball, their backs can cause huge damage. Eliota Fuimano-Sapolu has run the show in midfield and there is serious gas for him to pass to wherever you look.
Where I think Gloucester have a chance is that their forwards have really turned up in the second half of the season and the likes of Jim Hamilton, Brett Deacon, Paul Doran-Jones have made a major impact going forward.
The Cherry and Whites are not just a glittering back line any more and that power and determination up front means that deserve to be mixing it in the last four. They will need to be at their very best against Sarries who will give them an altogether different afternoon than they had last weekend when they put 68 points on sorry Sale.
Gloucester can win if they make the most of the chances they create.