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Match Reaction: Gloucester Rugby 31-7 Wasps

Match Reaction: Gloucester Rugby 31-7 Wasps

Gloucester Rugby did the damage early and often as they claimed a bonus-point win over Wasps to make a strong start to Pool 3 in the inaugural Premiership Rugby Cup.

The Cherry & Whites had secured a bonus point with four tries inside the first half an hour at Kingsholm – Cam Terry, Ben Vellacott, Lloyd Evans and Dom Coetzer all crossing.

Wasps grew into the contest in wet conditions in the West Country and defended manfully, a late Joe Mullis try rounded out the scoring for the hosts before a late consolation from Alfie Barbeary.

MAN OF THE MATCH 

Ben Vellacott was one of the more experienced members of this Gloucester team and it showed.

The scrum-half scored the game’s second try, working the short side nicely with Gareth Evans to go over.

And his impressive kicking throughout also made the fourth for Dom Coetzer.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH 

Moment of the match probably belonged to Alfie Barbeary who emerged from a rolling maul with the last play of the game to give Wasps a deserved consolation.

They held out for most of the second half at Kingsholm and finally got their reward when the replacement hooker got the score.

TRY OF THE MATCH 

The experience of Evans and Vellacott came to the fore for Gloucester’s second score.

With Will Porter in the bin for Wasps, the Cherry & Whites made their numerical advantage count immediately when Evans went blind from the scrum and fed his No.9 to slide over.

WHAT THEY SAID

Gloucester Rugby’s head of academy Richard Whiffin said: “We had nine guys make their senior debuts in front of a big crowd, the Shed roaring.

“We want those young guys to get those experiences and they’ll only be better for that. Once we start to drip a few more senior guys around them they’re only going to learn even more.

“The fact that you see the Ben Vellacotts, the Ciaran Knights and those guys coming through and playing regularly now in the first team only shows that the pathway is working well and Saturday was an opportunity for some of the younger guys to put their hands up as well.”

Wasps Academy manager Jon Pendlebury said: “We were all pretty disappointed I won’t lie, considering the week we’ve had, the preparation we’ve done, from pre-season into A League. We’re disappointed with a number of things.

“It’s game management. It’s learning, it’s tough. Gloucester are a similar sort of team to us. We’re disappointed with some combination things and game management.

“We looked at that middle 15, 20 minutes of the second half where we did have some front-foot ball, momentum and possession.”

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