Gloucester
Olly Morgan;
Mark Foster, Matthew Watkins, Olly Barkley, Lesley Vainikolo;
Ryan Lamb, Rory Lawson;
Alasdair Dickinson, Scott Lawson, Carlos Nieto,
Will James, Marco Bortolami,
Peter Buxton (capt), Alasdair Strokosch, Luke Narraway.
Reps: Olivier Azam, Jack Forster, Adam Eustace,
Apo Satala, Dave Lewis, Mike Tindall, Willie Walker.

Tries - Lamb, Narraway, Bortolami, Foster, Penalty, Tindall
Conversion - Barkley (5)

Referee - J.Jones (Wales)
Attendance - 3,500

Heineken Cup Record
Reports - GLOUCESTER Matches 2008-2009

Job done

Sluggish Gloucester make sure of Italian job

-Saturday 6 December 2008
Calvisano 17 Gloucester 40

JOB DONE, A WIN AND A BONUS-POINT ACHIEVED but the manner of the victory was nothing like the performances of recent weeks.
That said, it was probably a case of the end justifying the means. Calvisano had a very limited game plan that consisted mainly of the up and under chased by the centres (off-side not being reffed, alas), which left Gloucester little alternative but to put the boot to it themselves.
Indeed in the early stages of the game Calvisano looked as Gloucester when the ball was in the air!
Thankfully, Ryan Lamb managed a trade mark interception on the half way line to bring the play back to terra firma.
The Calvisano pack were given a torrid time in the scrum and the next try came from a push over touched down by Luke Narraway after they scorned to put the ball out to the backs where a four to two overlap existed on the blind side.
The result was never in doubt and perhaps that was the cause of the continual dropped passes due to poor concentration. Ryan Lamb, despite his armchair ride behind the pack went off the boil in the second half and the poor game management that ensued led to Calvisano finding themselves in positions tha eased their way to two tries.

Dave Lewis replaced Rory Lawson and thus added spark and urgency to the game and Mike Tindall's experience gave Gloucester much needed shape when he came on to replace a rather hapless Matthew Watkins.
Luke Narraway showed touches of class but for sheer work effort my man of the match was Will James.
The Gloucester faithful were there in numbers and in good heart with excellent hospitality being provided by the Calvisano club and their delightful supporters.

John Price - 8/12/2008