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Match Report: Gloucester Rugby 39 London Irish 15

02 Dec 2017
Match Report: Gloucester Rugby 39 London Irish 15

Gloucester Rugby made it five Aviva Premiership Rugby wins in a row for the first time since 2011 and climbed into the top four of the table after Billy Burns put London Irish to the sword.

First-half tries from Lewis Ludlow and Burns along with the boot of Billy Twelvetrees opened up a 20-8 lead for the Cherry & Whites – who are unbeaten at Kingsholm this season.

The Exiles had Petrus du Plessis go over for a try in the first half but when David Paice saw red, it was one-way traffic from then on.

Burns grabbed his second, Jake Polledri darted clear for Gloucester’s fourth and a bonus point before Burns’ perfect kick to the corner gave Henry Purdy a sublime score.

The Exiles – who grabbed a second of their own through Teofilo Paulo – stay rooted to the bottom of the standings, their only league win still their season opener against Harlequins at Twickenham.

Ludlow burst onto a Burns pass that looked almost forward to dot down under the posts for the first try.

Joe Cokanasiga’s break earned a penalty though and got Irish on the board through Tommy Bell, trailing 7-3.

But Twelvetrees slotted two penalties of his own before Du Plessis rumbled over at the back of a maul.

That made it 13-8 to the hosts but after mounting pressure on the Irish line, eventually it was Burns who dived over for Gloucester’s second.

Twelvetrees added the extras to make it 20-8 at the break, although the Exiles also lost Paice to a red card for an off-the-ball tackle on Willi Heinz.

And after half time Johan Ackermann’s Cherry and Whites turned on the style, Burns the next to go over for his second of the game after a fine floated Twelvetrees pass released him.

And the hosts had the bonus point before the hour mark when Polledri stretched his legs to burst clear for his first try ever league try.

Irish grabbed a second, despite their numerical disadvantage when Paulo went over from close range, but Gloucester kept coming and Burns produced a lovely kick to the corner for Purdy to grab their fifth.