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Match Reaction: Gloucester Rugby 13 Wasps 10

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Director of rugby David Humphreys admits it took a performance of huge magnitude from Gloucester Rugby’s squad to halt an in-form Wasps at Kingsholm.

The 13-10 triumph was the Cherry & Whites’ first victory over Wasps since September 2012 – not bad against a team that had racked up 130 points over their last three games.

And it was all the more impressive considering Gloucester had to contend with three first-half injuries.

In the end, a Greig Laidlaw penalty in the second half was enough to nose the hosts over the line, following his earlier effort and a converted Richard Hibbard try.

Christian Wade’s superb solo effort, allied to Jimmy Gopperth’s first-half penalty, had put Wasps level soon after the restart but it wasn’t to be for Dai Young’s men.   

And Humphreys said: "I am incredibly proud of the effort by the whole squad.

"We know how good Wasps are, and I thought it was a great game to watch. Both teams came with an aspiration to play rugby.

"I thought in the first half, our whole game was good, and in the second half we showed real character and commitment to defend. We defended incredibly well.

"To win a game against a team like Wasps, it is a case of numbers one to 23 playing well. I believe they are probably the most complete team in the Premiership at the minute in terms of their style of play.

"For us, it was a hugely significant win."

Thanks to their recent form Wasps are still well positioned in third, while Gloucester move up to sixth – three points behind the top four – in an increasingly congested Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

And while it brought an end to their recent good form, Wasps director of rugby Young says his side knew full well that they were not infallible.

"We knew it was going to be tough and a battle. I strongly believe that any team in this league can beat each other,” he said.

"When we play like we can, it takes a very good team to beat us, but if we don't quite hit our straps, then we are still going to lose games. We are not the finished article.

“I thought we just lacked a little bit of spring in our step. We didn't quite have the intensity that we've had the last two to three weeks.

"I thought Gloucester came out on top in the tackle area, which stopped us getting quick ball and that really stopped us getting any intensity in our game. It was a disappointing performance, but not a disaster.

"There is still a long way to go in this season for all teams.”

Gloucester: Cook (Burns 5 (Braley 65)); Sharples, Meakes, Twelvetrees, Purdy (Trinder 19); Hook, Laidlaw; McAllister (Thomas 31), Hibbard (Dawidiuk 65), Afoa (Doran Jones 67); Savage (Galarza 62), Thrush; Kalamafoni, Kvesic, Moriarty (Ludlow 62)

Wasps: Miller; Wade, C Piutau, S Piutau, Halai; Gopperth, Robson; Mullan, Shervington (Johnson 58), Cooper-Woolley (Cittadini 58), Cannon (Davies 51), Myall, Jones, Smith, Hughes (Rieder 69)
Not used: McIntyre, Stevenson, Jackson, Macken

SCORERS

Gloucester
Tries: Hibbard
Conversions: Laidlaw
Penalties: Laidlaw 2

Wasps
Tries: Wade
Conversions: Gopperth
Penalties: Gopperth

Referee: Luke Pearce
Attendance: 13,706
 

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