Sale Sharks v Gloucester - Aviva Premiership match preview
Last Updated: 12/04/13 9:57pm
Sale will look to make a giant leap towards safety when they take on Gloucester in Friday's Aviva Premiership encounter.
The Sharks have opened up an eight-point gap between themselves and bottom club London Welsh - that means victory over Gloucester will leave the Exiles needing a minor miracle from their remaining three games.
Sharks boss Steve Diamond has made just the one change to his line-up following the 33-33 draw against London Irish - with Will Addison replacing Charlie Amesbury on the wing.
Gloucester welcome back England No 8 Ben Morgan for their trip to Salford City Stadium.
Morgan has recovered from an ankle injury to take a place among the replacements following the Amlin Challenge Cup loss to Biarritz.
Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies has made five changes to his starting XV for the clash.
Australia hooker Huia Edmonds comes into the pack, while in the backs Dan Robson, Shane Monahan, Billy Twelvetrees and Rob Cook all return.
Sale Sharks: 15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Will Addison, 13 Johnny Leota, 12 Sammy Tuitupou, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 James Gaskell, 7 David Seymour (c), 6 Daniel Braid, 5 Andrei Ostrikov, 4 Kearnan Myall, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Al Dickinson.
Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Tony Buckley, 19 Tom Holmes, 20 Andy Powell, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Tom Brady.
Gloucester: 15 Rob Cook, 14 Jonny May, 13 Mike Tindall (c), 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Shane Monahan, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Akapusi Qera, 6 Tom Savage, 5 Will James, 4 Lua Lokotui, 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Huia Edmonds, 1 Nick Wood.
Replacements: 16 Koree Britton, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 Yann Thomas, 19 Ben Morgan, 20 Andy Hazell, 21 Dave Lewis, 22 Henry Trinder, 23 Charlie Sharples.
Fri 24th Apr
Bath43 - 18London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks23 - 25Harlequins
Gloucester42 - 40Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers38 - 17London Welsh
Northampton25 - 20Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps36 - 29Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
Aviva Premiership 2012/13 Round 20
Mark McCall slammed Josh Matavesi for his 'horrendous' challenge on Neil de Kock during Saracens' win over Worcester.
Saracens secured a home semi-final in the Aviva Premiership play-offs with a 47-17 bonus-point win over Worcester.
London Welsh will finish bottom of the Aviva Premiership after losing 31-14 to Northampton Saints.