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Tom Hudson wants Singha Premiership Rugby Plate win to inspire Gloucester Rugby

Tom Hudson wants Singha Premiership Rugby Plate win to inspire Gloucester Rugby

Tom Hudson felt that the young Gloucester Rugby squad did the club proud after winning the Singha Premiership Rugby Plate competition on Saturday night.

The Cherry & Whites were third seeds heading into day two after topping Pool B at the conclusion of Friday night’s group stages with wins over Harlequins and London Irish.

But their re-match with Harlequins in the Cup quarter-finals ended in a narrow 26-24 defeat, which saw them enter the Plate competition.

Gloucester bounced back well to see off Worcester Warriors 29-22 in the Plate semi-finals before a 29-22 victory over Saracens saw them lift the trophy.

England under-20 international Ollie Thorley scored five tries in the tournament, which was played over two-days at Franklin’s Gardens, with 22-year-old Ben Vellacott also dotting down five times.

And Hudson hopes that success in the pre-season tournament at Franklin’s Gardens will bode well for Gloucester’s chances in the Aviva Premiership Rugby this term.

“Our boys, I believe, delivered what they were asked to do and loads more, so hopefully the boys back home will be really proud watching,” he said.

“We’ve stuck with the formula we’ve attached to this tournament where you get young boys, you bed them in to a great crowd, great facilities, good rugby, and you see what they can do.

“This is my third club (to play for in the Singha 7s) – initially Sale Sharks, then Leicester Tigers and now Gloucester, but I’ve just got to say I’m really happy at Gloucester and hoping for a good season.

“You do a hard pre-season and we have a new structure at Gloucester, and we came out here today to hopefully use the new structure for our advantage.

“It was nice to see that we got the process right and the outcome looks after itself, so hopefully that was interpreted on the pitch.”

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