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Match Reaction: Gloucester Rugby 28 Harlequins 6

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Director of rugby David Humphreys believes the way in which Gloucester Rugby blunted Harlequins’ attack bodes well for the future after an impressive all-round display at Kingsholm.

James Hook stole the headlines after his 18-point haul in the first-half but the Cherry and Whites barely let Harlequins – who have scored 31 tries in Aviva Premiership Rugby this season – have a sniff all game.

They were restricted to two Nick Evans penalties as Gloucester held firm for a 23-6 victory and a move up to seventh in the table.

And Humphreys admitted things pointed towards a winning performance straight from the first whistle.

"It was a fantastic performance. I thought we were comprehensive winners,” he said.

"The risk of coming into this week's game, on the back of the emotion of the Bath win last week, was how we would respond to a different week.

"Charlie Sharples set the tone right from the first kick-off with that lift and the energy we brought to the first half was superb. The result was, though, built on our defence.

"We have talked over the last few weeks about how we have been getting better and better in defence as we start to understand the systems that (defence coach) Jonny Bell has brought in.

"Last week, we were very good but particularly this week, we were able to negate the threats that Quins had right across the pitch and that laid the foundations for victory."

Harlequins remain in fourth place but have suffered a worrying dip of late, having failed to secure a victory in their last three Aviva Premiership Rugby games.

And though director of rugby Conor O’Shea tipped his hat to the Cherry and Whites, he insists that his side can only blame themselves.

"Gloucester were better in every facet of the game on the day. We were thoroughly beaten,” he said. I was delighted to see the fight in the team, that they did not just fold.

"They played a much better way in the second half than they did in the first half but, at that stage, the game was done.

"We have to dust ourselves down and say we will never play like we did in the first half again, but credit to David and the Gloucester team, they were fantastic. But you look at yourselves and we are just thoroughly hacked off by the way we played."

Gloucester: Burns; Sharples (Cook 51), Meakes (Atkinson 72), Twelvetrees, McColl; Hook, Heinz (Braley 60); McAllister (Murphy 53), Hibbard (Lindsay 64), Afoa (Doran-Jones 64); Savage, Galarza (Thrush 51); Kalamafoni, Kvesic (Rowan 62), Morgan

Harlequins: Chisholm (Stanley 53); Yarde, Hopper, Sloan, Visser; N Evans (Botica 40), Tebaldi; Lambert (O Evans 51), Gray, Sinckler (Collier 51); Merrick (Matthews 51), Horwill; Wallace, Ward, Luamanu
Replacements not used: Chisholm, Waters
 
SCORERS
 
Gloucester
Tries: Hook, Morgan
Conversions: Hook 2
Penalties: Hook 3

Harlequins
Penalties: Evans 2

Referee: Wayne Barnes
 

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