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Match reaction: Gloucester Rugby 37 Harlequins 9

Match reaction: Gloucester Rugby 37 Harlequins 9

Three late tries helped Gloucester Rugby move into sixth position in Aviva Premiership Rugby with a 37-9 triumph over Harlequins.

Scores from Callum Braley, Jason Woodward, Jake Polledri and Ruan Ackermann ensured a crucial bonus-point victory for the Cherry and Whites.

The result is Harlequins third straight defeat in the Aviva Premiership Rugby and leaves them ninth in the table.

Man of the match – Mark Atkinson

In a slow burner of a game, Mark Atkinson was at the heart of everything creative for the Cherry and Whites.

The centre ghosted through a gap to make the incisive break for the opening try before Billy Twelvetrees found Callum Braley for the first score.

Atkinson then fired out a wonderful long pass to Henry Trinder as he found Woodward to confirm Gloucester’s victory.

Moment of the match

Gloucester were pushing for the bonus-point victory to keep up their slim hopes of the top four and they got it with moments to spare thanks to Ruan Ackermann.

As the raucous Kingsholm roared Gloucester forward, Ackermann capped off a fine team move to notch up the home side’s fourth try and a 37-9 win.

Try of the match

Jake Polledri is enjoying a scintillating season at Gloucester and his try sealed the host’s victory in some style.

The Italian international stepped his way past Mat Luamanu before bursting over in the 74th minute to bring Gloucester within one try of a bonus-point.

What they said

Johan Ackermann said: “It was a good ending to an arm-wrestle but they hung in there and showed a lot of fight.

“At times we were our own worst enemies as we made 18 errors and gave away 12 penalties.

“We needed to score another try in the second half to give us some breathing space but every forward who came on made a difference.

“Our decision-making in the back-line was much better but we lost a bit of patience at times.

“The competition is so tight and every point is vital so that closing try was massive especially as missed kicks in our last fixture against Newcastle cost us but hopefully this will soften the blow.

Harlequins second row James Horwell said: “The result is what it is. There was a lot of effort from the boys and that’s credit to them. But accuracy has killed us and Gloucester have hurt us. In that first half we didn’t get a chance to hold onto the ball.

“In the second half we were too inaccurate, the ball was turned over too easily and let them off the hook.

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