Cherry and Whites recover to claim victory
Poor start - good finish
Gloucester 27 Wasps 14
Saturday, 23 March 2019, 1500hrs

The Cherry and Whites eventually claimed a win over Wasps in an error-strewn encounter after giving away early points in an opening half-hour best forgotten .
Perhaps it was the rare event of an afternoon start, rather than the usual evening TV matches this year at Kingsholm that meant Gloucester struggled to find any cohesion and failed to build momentum, as all too often frequent errors and indiscipline allowed the talented visitors to build an 11 point lead.
The boot of Rob Miller slotted an early penalty for the games' first score for the visitors before a wide pass sent winger Marcus Watson over in the corner before another Miller penalty further extended the Wasps' lead.
The hosts then lost Jason Woodward who limped off, before Tom Marshall made the vital break to find Willie Heinz in support who despite being tackled forced his way over for the try. Billy Twelvetrees added the extras to put Gloucester back in contention .

Ollie Thorley then made a most telling break with an incursion into the opposition that was only stopped close to the Wasps' line and a series of drives by the forwards finished with a converted try from Ruan Ackerman as the first-half finished with a 14-11 Gloucester lead as the hosts at last showed signs of life.
The visitors had not had to play very hard for their points as Gloucester made too many mistakes and very much needed to up their game in the second half and get the crucial first score after the break.
Fortunately it came for the hosts in the shape of a Twelvetrees' penalty but were unable to build on it as star man Franco Mostert was sent to the sin bin for a shoulder charge allowing Miller to claw back points for Wasps.
Gloucester suffered another injury blow through the loss of Ollie Thorley and
although Elliot Daley missed a long range penalty kick the visitors could not make the yellow card period count and it was Twelvetrees who kicked a vital penalty as the host's scrum impressed to ease the hosts a little more ahead at 20-14 but not enough for Gloucester's comfort.
However a series of strong scrums and resultant penalties enabled Gloucester forward pressure to provide replacement Jake Polledri the chance to squeeze over in the corner for a try, confirmed by the TMO and converted from the touchline by Twelvetrees to take the losing bonus-point away from Wasps as time ran out.
After the euphoria of beating Harlequins at the Stoop this was very much a disappointing effort from the Cherry and Whites in a scrappy error-strewn game but eventually turned out to be a welcome win
Wasps may not be a top league team this season but they do possess a wealth of international talent so this was very much a must-win game for the Cherry and Whites.
The next Premiership match is a trip to Franklins Gardens and will be a much more challenging affair - Northampton is definitely no place for any low intensity, sub-standard play or mistakes.
T.H. 24/3/2019

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15.Jason Woodward; 14. Tom Marshall, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Ollie Thorley;
10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Willi Heinz (capt);
1.Josh Hohneck, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain;
4. Ed Slater, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Jaco Kriel, 8. Ben Morgan


16. Henry Walker, 17. Val Rapava Ruskin, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Freddie Clarke, 20. Jake Polledri, 21. Ben Vellacott, 22. Matt Banahan, 23. Charlie Sharples

Unavailable for selection:

Callum Braley, Lloyd Evans, Todd Gleave, James Hanson, Tom Hudson, Ciaran Knight, Henry Trinder, Owen Williams

Att: 14,671
Tries: Heinz, Ackerman, Pollderi
Con: Twelvetrees (3)
Pen: Twelvetrees (2)

Half-time: 14-13


Referee: Ian Tempest

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