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Evening folks! Charles Wheeler checking in to continue the 100% coverage of Gloucester's Premiership Rugby season I've begun to cultivate entirely by accident. David Humphrey's men make the short journey north to Sixways tonight, smarting from last week's loss to Leicester and looking to take it out on the Warriors.

Worcester, meanwhile, are after a bounceback from their disappointing loss to Saracens on opening weekend, and have a first competitive run-out on their new artificial pitch to look forward to.

Here's your teams, then. Gloucester shuffle a couple of places on the bench, but their starters are unchanged – a clear statement that they feel they can be better than last week's closing stretch. Worcester's major changes are to the pack, with the particularly welcome return of former Irish international Donncha O'Callaghan.

Roddy Graham

That's a lovely graphic. Home made is it?

Charles Wheeler

Afraid I've borrowed it from the Prem Rugby Facebook, but I could create something not dissimilar if I accepted an assignment more than an hour in advance once in a while!

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Eddie Jones is apparently in attendance tonight, and there's a fair few guys he'll have an eye on – Kvesic in red and the recently-qualified Ben Te'o in blue, in particular.

The teams head out of that bit of the stand that looks like an industrial-estate office block that was swanky in the 90s, and onto the new surface, which I'm informed contains coconut fibres for some reason.

We're off! The early exchanges see Gloucester grab a penalty, which Billy Burns boots to the Worcester 22.

And another from the lineout, in kickable range. Laidlaw having some trouble keeping the ball steady in the wind... but he pops it over, and Gloucester take an easy early lead.

Worcester's first period of possession lasts mere seconds and ends with a poor kick, but they hold out well in midfield and win a penalty. Oh, and Lamb misses touch! Gloucester take a ball they were never expecting and nearly get caught in their own 22, but they clear it. Wasted opportunities for the home side.

Kvesic throws out some lovely sidesteps in midfield. He'll get his forwards club card torn up for that, but Eddie Jones might be impressed.

And now it's Ross Moriarty with the break! Gloucester's back row are showing some sevens finesse here! The attack fizzles out across the backline, but Burns' kick puts Worcester under some pressure, and they can only clear to touch inside their own half.