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Match Report: Gloucester Rugby 55 Worcester Warriors 19

07 Jan 2017
Match Report: Gloucester Rugby 55 Worcester Warriors 19

Gloucester Rugby were in seventh heaven at Kingsholm after demolishing Worcester Warriors to increase the gap between the two West Country sides in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

Matt Scott grabbed a try double as Jonny May, Jacob Rowan, John Afoa, Charlie Sharples and Josh Hohneck each touched down once to earn the home side a try bonus point.

Cooper Vuna, Tevita Cavubati and Alafoti Fa’osiliva all scored for Warriors, but with Bristol Rugby recording a losing bonus point against Northampton Saints, Worcester slipped to within a point of the bottom of the table.

In a lively atmosphere as Kingsholm with the crowd knowing how vital a win would be, Gloucester got off to a quick start as Greig Laidlaw kicked a fourth-minute penalty.

And after a period of pressure in the opening 15 minutes the Cherry and Whites eventually got their reward when May crashed over in the 14th minute.

Billy Burns broke from a scrum to get the home side within five metres, and when the ball was thrown wide, May ran it in – with Laidlaw adding the extras.

Five minutes later Gloucester made it two as Hohneck turned the ball over and fed May, who in turn found Scott, who ambled over for the score – Laidlaw again accurate from the tee.

With nearly 15,000 packed into Kingsholm they were enjoying seeing their side take the game to Warriors.

But it was Worcester who hit back shortly after the half hour mark, with Vuna wriggling away from a tackle to go over – Ryan Mills kicking the conversion.

The comeback did not last long, though, and Rowan made the most of quick ball from the top of a lineout and broke a tackle to sprint over the line – Laidlaw again kicking the extras to give his side a 24-7 half-time advantage.

After a scrappy opening to the second period it was Burns who added to Gloucester’s lead, kicking a 46th-minute penalty.

And it took another 12 minutes for the home side to add to their score, but add to it they did when prop Afoa profited from May’s fine charge down and run, to earn Glos their try bonus point.

Billy Twelvetrees then added the conversion to put his side 27 points ahead, with 20 minutes still to play.

And five minutes later Sharples extended their advantage after Ross Moriarty secured a lineout and Gloucester got their rolling maul going.

The drive got them within reach of the line and when Ben Vellacott fed Sharples, the winger side-stepped his man to touch down for try number five – Twelvetrees adding the extras.

And the sixth came soon after, with Scott grabbing his second by showing great pace to run in a loose ball and set up a simple Twelvetrees conversion.

The visitors were not going out without a fight, though, and Cavubati dived over after stealing the ball.

But Gloucester were not done, either, with Hohneck getting in on the act as he bundled over at the base of a rolling maul – Twelvetrees again successful from the tee.

The Warriors lived up to their name, and had the last word as Fa’osiliva dotted down in the 80th minute, but it was in vain as the home fans cheered in delight at the final whistle.