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Preview: Worcester v Montpellier

04th April 2008 14:19

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Rico Gear: About to help Worcester jump into the semi-final

Worcester should have a relatively easy ride through to the Challenge Cup semi-finals against Montpellier on Saturday, as the Héraults are missing a number of their big guns.

Young starlet fly-half François Trinh-Duc is missing with injury, and there is no place in the matchday 22 for number eight Louis Picamoles, and no starting place for promising scrum-half Julien Tomas.

Young international flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo captains the team, which will be marshalled from fly-half by Argentinian Fédérico Todeschini. Another Puma, Olivier Sarramea, is on the wing, and there is a monster of a prop in Tongan Philemon Toleafoa.

Worcester have included their New Zealand trio of Rico Gear, Sam Tuitupou, Greg Rawlinson, and Tongan hooker Aleki Lutui.

The Warriors have a couple of monsters of their own in prop Tevita Taumoepeau and back-rower Gavin Quinnell on the bench.

The teams:

Worcester: 15 Thinus Delport, 14 Rico Gear, 13 Dale Rasmussen, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Miles Benjamin, 10 Shane Drahm, 9 Matt Powell, 8 Kai Horstmann, 7 Pat Sanderson (c), 6 Drew Hickey, 5 Craig Gillies, 4 Greg Rawlinson, 3 Tevita Taumoepeau, 2 Aleki Lutui, 1 Tony Windo.

Replacements: 16 Matt Mullan, 17 Shaun Ruwers, 18 Will Bowley, 19 Gavin Quinnell, 20 Joe Carlisle, 21 Jonny Arr, 22 Chris Pennell.

Montpellier: 15 Mark McHugh, 14 Olivier Sarraméa, 13 Régis Lespinas, 12 Alessandro Stoica, 11 Sébastien Kuzbik, 10 Fédérico Todeschini, 9 Sébastien Buada, 8 Vasco Uva, 7 Sébastien Galtier, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo (capt), 5 Michel Macurdy, 4 Mickaël Bert, 3 Philémon Toleafoa, 2 Fabien Rofes, 1 Sébastien Petit.

Replacements: 16 Olivier Diomandé, 17 David Vaudaine, 18 Goncalo Uva, 19 Warren Britz, 20 Adrien Tomas, 21 Murphy Taele, 22 Julien Tomas.

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

Touch Judges: Olan Trevor, David Wilkinson (Ireland)

Citing Commissioner: Achille Reali (Italy)

Match Commissioner: Roger Whitfield (England)

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