Gloucester Rugby rampage against Irish

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It took a much-changed Gloucester line-up a while to get going last Saturday afternoon but, once they hit their stride, they eased to a 47-7 Anglo-Welsh victory over a spirited London Irish side.

It was a win that keeps the Cherry and Whites in the hunt in pool one of the Anglo-Welsh Cup – level on points with Wasps and two points behind Bath as the competition moves on to the back burner before its resumption in the New Year. But, equally as important as the result today was preparation for the visit of Saracens to Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership this evening.

Several first teamers were returning last Saturday and it was important that they got battle-ready as well as avoiding injury. It’s a win that keeps the Cherry and Whites in the hunt in pool one of the Anglo-Welsh Cup – level on points with Wasps and two points behind Bath as the competition moves on to the back burner before its resumption in the New Year. But, equally as important as the result last Saturday was preparation for the visit of Saracens to Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership this evening.

There was a certain amount of rustiness about Gloucester in last Saturdays’ first half as the team struggled a little to find its way. But the third try just before half time was key and took the pressure off the second 40 minutes somewhat. Even then, it took until the 58th minute to secure the try scoring bonus point as a dogged effort from the visitors threatened to frustrate the Cherry and Whites. But the final quarter saw Gloucester cut loose and ease to a morale-boosting victory. Perhaps most pleasing as the game progressed was the role played by the club’s younger players – Jake Polledri was immense throughout and Lloyd Evans played a nice little cameo in the final half hour.

As is always the case at the home game closest to Remembrance Day, there was the usual impeccably observed minute’s silence before the game began and Gloucester wore a specially designed Poppy shirt. The rain had thankfully passed by the time the game got underway, but conditions were still damp underfoot. Gloucester looked to play with width in the opening few minutes but ran into some robust Irish tackling.

There was some late resistance from the Exiles who were looking for a consolation score. Hanson was sinbinned as Gloucester pulled down a maul near the line, but the home team kept their line intact and closed out the win.