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Match Report: Gloucester Rugby 24 Worcester Warriors 19

22 Sep 2017
Match Report: Gloucester Rugby 24 Worcester Warriors 19

Gloucester Rugby held on at the death to return to winning ways in Aviva Premiership Rugby with a 24-19 success over Worcester Warriors as Ollie Thorley scored two tries at Kingsholm.

After beating champions Exeter Chiefs in Round One, Gloucester were soon in control with Thorley crossing twice inside the opening 20 minutes and Billy Twelvetrees adding a third soon after the break.

But Perry Humphreys replied twice for the visitors who came close to snatching victory as Ryan Mills knocked over three penalties.

The Warriors, without a win so far this season, saw captain Donncha O’Callaghan sent to the sin bin after six minutes as Willi Heinz took a quick penalty five metres from the tryline.

Gloucester were ahead soon after through a Billy Burns penalty and it was the fly-half who provided the first try minutes later.

Burns sent a brilliant flat pass to Jason Woodward whose neat offload gave Thorley space to score and the Gloucester winger doubled his tally soon after.

Centre Twelvetrees carved through the Warriors defence with Thorley once again in the right place at the right time to make it 17-0 after 18 minutes.

Worcester worked themselves back into the game with two Ryan Mills penalties reducing the deficit before half-time.

Trinder replaced Mark Atkinson at half-time and had an immediate impact as he broke through the Warriors defence and ran almost the length of the feed.

He played a one-two with skipper Heinz before Twelvetrees took an offload to dot down under the posts to make it 24-6.

Winger Perry Humphreys then beat Charlie Sharples to a Mills’ crossfield kick to reduce the deficit before adding a second score with eight minutes to go.

Mills hit a third penalty for a losing bonus point but the Warriors remain winless at Kingsholm since April 2009.