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Gloucester don’t need top gear against Rovigo

15 Jan 2011
Gloucester don’t need top gear against Rovigo

Gloucester eased their way to a 55-point Amlin Challenge Cup win over Rovigo without needing to hit top gear against the Italian outfit.

The Cherry and Whites had put 90 past the Italians at Kingsholm in October, and from the time Henry Trinder scored after 10 minutes they never looked in danger of a shock upset.

Freddie Burns opened the scoring with a penalty and added the extras to Trinder’s first try, and his second which had followed five minutes later.

Rovigo were spirited but their limited approach was no match for the visitors from the west country, who with further tries from Matt Cox and Charlie Sharples had wrapped up the bonus point with just 34 minutes on the clock, and the half-time 27-0 score reflected the balance of play.

La Rochelle’s win in Agen on Thursday night had left Gloucester’s quarter final qualification hopes hanging by a thread, and with the win already in the bag it took some time for the second half to catch fire.

Sharples had joined Trinder with two tries to his name seven minutes after the restart, combining well with full back Olly Morgan for the score. A flurry of replacements understandably broke up the patterns of play and it was Rovigo who took advantage, scoring through one of the new faces, flanker Younes Anouer.

Nevertheless it was Gloucester who finished the stronger, a late Tim Taylor brace – including a fine solo effort – and a last-minute Jonny May score rounding off an eight-try performance.