Davies takes simple approach

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Nigel Davies' Gloucester side target a third Premiership win in five starts against London Welsh
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Nigel Davies' Gloucester side target a third Premiership win in five starts against London Welsh

Gloucester boss Nigel Davies has adopted a straightforward approach to Sunday's Aviva Premiership clash against top-flight newcomers London Welsh.

The Exiles were firm pre-season favourites to be relegated, and comprehensive losses to Leicester and Harlequins earlier this month did not dispute that theory, but they recovered brilliantly, posting successive victories over Exeter and Sale that suggests they will fancy more of the same in the Kassam Stadium clash.

And Davies is well aware of the threat his players face as they target a third Premiership win in five starts this term, and he said: "It is very important that we've got the right mindset going into Sunday. It is going to be a physical encounter."

He added: "I think that the two sides they have beaten probably didn't give them enough respect, and because of that they finished on the wrong end of the result.

"They are a very strong team, a proud side. They've got a lot of points to prove, individually and collectively, and if you get it wrong against them they will beat you."

London Welsh boss Lyn Jones makes a solitary change to the side that beat Sale last time out, with Seb Jewell handed a first start of the season at full-back and Tom Arscott moving to wing duty instead of Phil McKenzie.

Gloucester show three changes following their victory over Wasps seven days ago. Mike Tindall returns in midfield, where he replaces Henry Trinder, with hooker Huia Edmonds taking over from an injured Darren Dawidiuk and Peter Buxton joining the back-row trio as England number eight Ben Morgan has a calf injury.

Unbeaten Quins go into Sunday's Twickenham Stoop clash against Saracens having claimed 19 points from a possible 20 this season.

Victory at Leicester last weekend underlined their title credentials at an early stage of the campaign, and they make two changes from that game with wing Seb Stegmann taking over from an injured Tom Williams and Tom Guest returning to the back-row at blindside flanker.

Saracens are much-changed following last Sunday's narrow defeat at Exeter. Wales prop Rhys Gill makes his first start of the campaign, with fellow forwards Schalk Brits, Petrus du Plessis, Steve Borthwick and Ernst Joubert also featuring. Behind the scrum, Joel Tomkins and Richard Wigglesworth return.

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