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Pressure is on Leicester, says buoyant Davies

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

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Gloucester will not feel the pinch of pressure at Leicester Tigers today, believes Nigel Davies.

The Cherry & Whites boss reckons his side can head up to Welford Road (5pm) in buoyant mood after last weekend's 18-16 Exeter Chiefs victory.

After claiming losing bonus points at Harlequins and Saracens this term, Davies would love his side to record a statement-making win at one of the Premiership's true powers.

However, the Kingsholm rugby director said there is no undue burden on his side.

Davies said: "Most of the pressure is on them really, especially after our Exeter win.

"That has set us up pretty well for the games to come. It gives us a bit of confidence and sustains our momentum, but we've got to harness that in one of the toughest places in the league."

Full-back Rob Cook has not recovered from his sickness bug, so misses out in the East Midlands. Martyn Thomas steps up to the 15 role, with Drew Locke on the bench.

Gloucester's backline is otherwise unchanged from the Exeter victory, with Billy Twelvetrees making his first return to Welford Road since leaving the Tigers in the summer.

Former Wales centre Davies admitted Gloucester's twin play-makers Freddie Burns and Twelvetrees will need to be on it with their tactical plays.

He continued: "Accuracy is paramount at Welford Road. We've got to be spot-on with our approach because they punish sides who are not.

"But if you get things right, then you can certainly threaten them, using similar methods to Leicester in fact."

Up front, Will James trades places with Tom Savage, stepping into the second row from the bench.

Leicester: G Murphy, N Morris, M Tuilagi, A Allen, A Thompstone, T Flood, B Youngs, M Ayerza, T Youngs, D Cole, L Deacon (capt), G Parling, B Deacon, J Salvi, J Crane. Replacements: G Chuter, L Mulipola, M Castrogiovanni, E Slater, S Mafi, S Harrison, G Ford, M Smith.

Gloucester: M Thomas, C Sharples, M Tindall, B Twelvetrees, S Monahan, F Burns, J Cowan, N Wood, H Edmonds, S Knight, W James, J Hamilton (capt), S Kalamafoni, A Qera, B Morgan. Replacements: D Dawidiuk, D Murphy, T Savage, M Cox, D Robson, T Molenaar, D Locke.

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