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Match Report: Gloucester Rugby 43 Ospreys 20

26 Jan 2018
Match Report: Gloucester Rugby 43 Ospreys 20

Gloucester Rugby showed their class as they ran in seven tries to see off a spirited Ospreys outfit in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Two tries in little over two minutes had put the Cherry and Whites in total command but Ospreys roared back with two tries either side of half-time to level proceedings.

But second half dot downs from Callum Braley, Ollie Thorley, Henry Trinder, Ben Morgan and Matt Scott helped Gloucester dominate their Welsh opponents.

Gloucester started slowly but their ferocious pack was starting to work its magic and a driving maul allowed Richard Hibbard to crash over in the corner for his third dot down of the campaign.

And just two minutes later, the home side were over yet again as Billy Burns picked out Callum Braley who was able to break through the Ospreys defence and offload to Mark Atkinson to waltz over.

Ospreys were far from done in the contest and found a way over one minute before half-time after continued pressure and it was Alex Jeffries who sniped over on his first start for the club.

The visitors continued to dominate the ball and were over again minutes into the second period as Rueben Morgan-Williams latched onto his own neat chip, beating Braley to the ball and thundering over.

A Luke Price penalty then gave the Welsh region the lead for the first time in the contest but that advantage lasted little over two minutes as Braley was able to burrow over to give Gloucester a slender two-point lead.

Quick hands from Burns then found Henry Purdy who was able to fling the ball to Thorley who had time and space to dot down his tenth try in his last 14 matches to put breathing spaced between the sides.

Gloucester then asserted their dominance as Trinder, Morgan and Scott all cut through the Ospreys back line to touch down.

But the visitors did manage a consolation score through 21-year-old Ifan Phillips who was able to plunder his way over.

Attendance: 11,683

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