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European Round-up: Gloucester Rugby complete derby double

Gloucester Rugby director of rugby David Humphreys was pleased to see his team cope with the difficult conditions to make it four wins from four in Europe.

The Cherry and Whites downed Aviva Premiership Rugby rivals Worcester Warriors for the second successive week and are now in pole position to get out of their Challenge Cup pool as they broke the record for most successive wins in the competition.

And having won the competition last season, Humphreys wants to see his Gloucester side continue to perform in the new year.

"We're delighted to be coming into Christmas top of the pool with four wins out of four,” said Humphreys.

"The nature of the performance was probably indifferent, we struggled to get the quick ball we needed – on that sort of surface it was very hard to create space, so you've got to beat teams round the corner and we couldn't do it.

"Credit to Worcester, I thought they defended very strongly and caused us problems at the breakdown – so we'll have a look at that, but we know going into the next round of games that's going to be an important aspect of competing against some of the bigger teams."

Matt Kvesic and Greig Laidlaw scored the tries for Gloucester in a 27-13 victory, with Worcester’s try coming through Ben Howard.

That had given the visitors the lead at Kingsholm but they couldn’t hold on and are now out of contention for a place in the last eight.

Despite that, head coach Carl Hogg was impressed with the efforts of his side, even if they didn’t get the rewards for it.

Hogg said: “I thought it was a fantastic effort and the intensity especially around defence and some of our collision and line speed were right up there.

“For all that effort we came away with nothing which is frustrating and disappointing but if I look at the worth ethic and unity in that group it was fantastic .It’s something we can really build from.

“But we have got look at how we play the game and how we ended up sitting pretty much all of the second half inside our own half.”

Gloucester Rugby 27 Worcester Warriors 13
 
Gloucester Rugby
Tries: Laidlaw, Kvesic
Conversions: Laidlaw
Penalties: Laidlaw 5
 
Worcester Warriors

Try: Howard
Conversion: Lamb
Penalties: Lamb 2
 
Attendance: 10,942
Referee: Ian Davies

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