Billy Twelvetrees: Gloucester’s clash with Aviva Premiership leaders Wasps will be a quicker affair

By Thomas Branston

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Billy Twelvetrees predicts Gloucester Rugby’s Aviva Premiership clash with Wasps on Sunday (kick-off 1pm) will be faster-paced than their victory over Saracens last weekend.

The Cherry and Whites go into the game having beaten the reigning Premiership champions in a dramatic 31-23 victory at Kingsholm and in-form centre Twelvetrees knows what challenges lie ahead of their trip to Coventry.

He said: “It will be a different game all together, at Kingsholm it’s a slightly stickier surface but at Coventry it’s a fast track with harder ground.

“The way Wasps play their rugby will make it a faster game but we know what we have to do to win games.

“We know how important the breakdown is going to be and how important the set piece is.”

Wasps sit at the peak of the Aviva Premiership six points clear of second place Saracens having won 11 of their 15 games played this season.

The home side come into the game off the back of a 34-28 defeat to Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium and Twelvetrees, who kicked a crucial penalty late on to help Gloucester secure a win over Saracens knows that staying calm in key situations will help the team.

He said: “Staying relaxed we focus a lot on that in key moments. You never know what rugby is going to kick at you.

“Decisions do and don’t go your way but we’ve just got to stay in the moment and make the right decisions at the time.

“It’ll be different but very much a similar processes from our point of view.”

Twelvetrees has played a key role in Gloucester’s season so far but is wary of Wasps’ lineup ahead of Sunday’s matchup at the Ricoh Arena.

He added: “It’s a challenge, they have great players all round the park.

“We want to impose ourselves. Everyone knows what we are about and what Wasps are about so we need to get that physical dominance in the game.

“If we let them get on the front foot then it will be dangerous as we’ve seen before that’s why they are top of the Aviva Premiership.

“We see it as a challenge and one we look forward to.”

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