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Match Reaction: Gloucester Rugby 36-16 Worcester Warriors

Match Reaction: Gloucester Rugby 36-16 Worcester Warriors

Gloucester Rugby grabbed their fifth win of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby season to solidify their grip on third place in the table as they downed Worcester Warriors on home turf.

John Ackermann’s side delighted the Kingsholm crowd with two periods of pulsating rugby, notching a pair of early scores before blitzing their opponents with four more in the second-half.

But that doesn’t tell the whole story; the Warriors had fought their way back into proceedings thanks to the boot of Duncan Weir, whose three penalties had his side trailing by just a point at the break, but couldn’t withstand Gloucester’s second-half performance.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Ollie Thorley’s two tries proved crucial to Gloucester’s second-half flurry as he snatched a double in less than 15 minutes.

The first was timed perfectly; with their lead at the slimmest of margins, Gloucester needed to wrestle momentum back in their favour, and did just that when Thorley showed quick feet to step round the Worcester covering defenders after good work in the maul.

Put simply, that score set the platform for Gloucester’s win, and the 22-year-old grabbed a deserved second to cap a job well done at Kingsholm

TRY OF THE MATCH

Gloucester were two tries to the good by the 17th-minute of this one, and their second was a real thing of beauty.

Willi Heinz hovered behind a powerful driving maul before feeding the ball out to the backs, and when Danny Cipriani drew a couple of Worcester men before shifting the ball to Woodward, a sizeable gap had been forged in the Warriors’ line.


All it took was for the winger to drive through, before feeding Charlie Sharples who dotted down – a classic case of Gloucester making things look easy.

WHAT THEY SAID

Gloucester Rugby head coach Johan Ackermann: “Massively delighted, proud of the boys. So pleased that we’ve got the buzz back after the disappointment of last week.

“Like in any game there was moments where we probably let ourselves down with our discipline and our detail, but we have to celebrate and enjoy this.

“They’ve made it tough for every team, so we’ll take it, and even more that we’ve got a bonus point out of it.”

Worcester Warriors Alan Solomons head coach said: “Well done to them today. I’m not saying that we couldn’t play better – yes we could – but they were the better side on the day.

“I thought that the pack was a factor, but I thought that overall they outmuscled us today. Physically they were on top of us. Rugby is a game of collisions, and they dominated the collisions today.”

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