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European Round-up: Gloucester Rugby march on

Gloucester Rugby are very much on course for the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup after a third straight victory, this time away to Aviva Premiership Rugby rivals Worcester Warriors.

The defending champions ran out 34-22 winners at Sixways, thanks to two tries from Henry Purdy, as well as scores from Rob Cook, Steve McColl and Billy Twelvetrees.

The two teams had gone in level at half-time at 10-10, and the Warriors managed tries from Dean Hammond, Darren O’Shea and Mike Daniels, but after coming away with nothing from the game, now face an uphill battle to reach the last eight.

However Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys felt it was a closer game than the scoreline suggested, and admitted his team had been pushed very hard.

"The days of talking about easy games are long gone. It's about establishing field position and making the opposition make lots of tackles, which we did in the first half,” said Humphreys.

"Early on we made some poor decisions and coughed the ball up. Once we recognised how they were defending and adapted to it, we picked some good lines and were rewarded with the tries.

"In the last few weeks there have been a lot of questions about selection. Our answer never changes. We pick a team to win the match.

"At the moment we have 40 players available and the depth in our squad is coming through."

Worcester Warriors 22 Gloucester Rugby 34

Worcester Warriors
Tries: Hammond, Daniels, O’Shea
Conversions: Lamb 2
Penalty: Lamb

Gloucester Rugby
Tries: Purdy 2, Cook, McColl, Twelvetrees
Conversions: Laidlaw 3
Penalty: Laidlaw

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
Attendance: 6,774

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