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Match report: Gloucester Rugby 37-9 Harlequins

14 Apr 2018
Match report: Gloucester Rugby 37-9 Harlequins

Gloucester Rugby boosted their chances of a top six finish as they ran in four tries to down Harlequins 37-9 at the Kingsholm.

Callum Braley dotted down in the opening ten minutes before Jason Woodward, Jake Polledri and Ruan Ackermann crossed late on to add gloss to the victory.

The Cherry and Whites were looking to avenge their 28-17 defeat earlier in the season at Twickenham Stoop and make the perfect start as a beautiful pass from Mark Atkinson found Billy Twelvetrees who burst through the middle before setting up Braley to cross.

Marcus Smith continued his reliable form from the boot as he kicked three first-half penalties for Quins but Twelvetrees was going to toe-to-toe with the teenager, ensuring the hosts went in 13-9 at the interval.

Gloucester have been superb at the Kingsholm this campaign, losing just once against Newcastle Falcons and Johan Ackermann’s men looked to continue that record early in the second half.

Harlequins were looking for a first win since downing Bath Rugby over a month ago but struggled to assert themselves on the game.

And the Cherry and Whites secured the victory with three tries in the final 15 minutes.

Fantastic footwork from Atkinson again as he found Trinder on the wing before Woodward slammed over in the corner.

Moments later Italian international Polledri was over after Gloucester had won possession in their own 22 before Ackermann sniped over in the 80th minute to pick up a crucial bonus-point try.

The result keeps Gloucester’s chances of making the semi-finals alive but must win their remaining games to stand any chance of making the top four.

As for Harlequins, the defeat at the Kingsholm is their third straight loss in the Aviva Premiership and leaves them in ninth place.