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Tindall and Burns look set to face Bath

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 25, 2013

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Mike Tindall should be fit to face former club Bath on Friday – to notch his 150th competitive Gloucester performance at the second time of asking.

The 34-year-old was meant to captain the Cherry and Whites in their last-gasp 29-23 Premiership victory over Worcester.

But just moments before kick-off he suffered a hip problem, and was forced to miss out.

Gloucester boss Nigel Davies expects England's most-capped centre back in action at The Recreation Ground on Friday though (kick-off 8pm).

The Cherry and Whites should also have fly-half Freddie Burns fit again after knee ligament damage, with Billy Twelvetrees available for selection too following England duty.

Prop Dario Chistolini returned from calf trouble on Friday, but only lasted one minute and one scrum before suffering a relapse.

Having just hobbled off the field, Rupert Harden had to return immediately in Chistolini's stead, battling manfully despite his own injury.

Davies expects Harden to be ready for Bath, but Chistolini remains a doubt.

Davies explained: "Mike's fine, he had a bit of a problem with his hip.

"I thought Rupert played well throughout really.

"It was tough on Dario, that was completely rotten luck, and it's a recurrence of the calf problem.

"It just flared up when the scrum went down when he came on.

"Hopefully Tins should be okay for next week, and Freddie (Burns) should come back into contention for us as well."

Worcester were incensed with the penalty try decision that handed Gloucester victory.

Errie Claassens was sent off for tripping Jonny May, who was try-bound, during the game's final play.

The Warriors argued there were enough defenders to snuff out the problem without Claassens' trip.

Relieved Davies thought it was the right call though, hailing May's last-gasp mayhem.

He continued: "People like Jonny May in space, they are always going to create chaos, and he did exactly that.

"If Jonny wasn't tripped would he have scored, who knows?

"But he shouldn't have been tripped in the first place.

"We showed a lot of character and a lot of spirit, but at times we just fed Worcester.

"Our kicking in the first-half was atrocious, we kicked down their throats and put a lot of pressure on ourselves, it was aimless.

"And their try from the intercept was the same.

"There were some good things in there too.

"The character has been fundamental to this group, and it carried us through again.

"They deserve a lot of credit for that comeback on the last play."

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