Cherry and Whites bonus-try win
Gloucester's second-half show
Gloucester 36 Worcester 16
Saturday, 1 December 2018, 1500hrs
With a half-time score of 10-9, Worcester looked to be providing the stiff opposition forecast by the newspaper pundits, however the visitors were blown away after the break as the Cherry and Whites added four more tries to ease to an eventual convincing victory.
Once again it was not a complete 80 minute Kingsholm performance as Gloucester were let down by poor goal kicking, costly mistakes and lax discipline but that should not detract from an improved team performance in which winger Ollie Thorley again caught the eye with a brace of well taken tries. It is a long time since the chants of 'Ollie, Ollie' echoed around Kingsholm but the youngster has captured The Shed with his try scoring efforts.
Gloucester's back row of Jaco Kriel, Ben Morgan and Freddie Clarke provided the impetus for the win as the first showing of Danny Cipriani partnered with centre Owen Williams also caught the eye.
Worcester conceded a raft of early penalties before Gloucester got the scoreboard ticking with hooker James Hanson rounded off a set line-out move with a try.
Cipriani and Williams combined well to work the ball to full back Jason Woodward who sent Charlie Sharples over in the corner for the second try.
However Gloucester's control lapsed as sloppy play from the hosts allowed Duncan Weir to slot three penalties in succession to narrow the lead to a single point at half-time.10-9.
After the interval Gloucester got their act back together and a forward drive enabled Williams to put Thorley clear and he did the rest. Clarke ran a good line to get another try with a conversion at last, this time from Billy Twelvetrees.
Worcester then lost Chris Pennell who collected a yellow card for taking out Sharples in mid-air and were soon made to pay as loan hooker Jaco Visage drove over from a lineout before Thorley added the six try.
The visitors did get a late consolation try from wing Bryce Heem who took full advantage of some poor tackling.
The final few minutes saw the introduction at long last of Gloucester's latest star Springbok Franco Monstert to rapturous applause.
The Cherry and Whites now appear to have a more physical pack capable of contention with any other Premiership side and the backing of a strong bunch of replacements - now we have to achieve regular real error free consistency. T.H. 2/12/2018
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A much needed bonus point win, making up for last week's disappointing performance at Exeter.
Although at half-time a 36-16 final score looked a long way away.
Gloucester put together an opening 15/20 minutes which promised much, but then allow a more than capable Worcester side back into the game. Three simple penalty kicks meant a half-time score of 10-9, instead of the expected score of say 24-9.
The second half saw the Cherry & Whites respond to no doubt stern words from JA. Four well taken tries and a much improved 25 minutes or so. However, another period of lapsed concentration, saw Worcester come back into the game and press hard for a try, which they got.
Although a strong performance, not an 80 minute performance, hopefully this will come in the next few weeks. It was great to see our long awaited signing Franco Mostert making his debut in the last 10 minutes, I look forward to much longer contributions in the coming weeks.
1.Jason Woodward; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Owen Williams, 11. Ollie Thorley;
10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Willi Heinz (capt);
1. Josh Hohneck, 2. James Hanson, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Tom Savage, 5. Ed Slater; 6. Freddie Clarke, 7. Jaco Kriel, 8. Ben Morgan
16. Jaco Visagie, 17. Val Rapava Ruskin, 18. Ciaran Knight, 19. Franco Mostert, 20. Jake Polledri, 21. Callum Braley, 22. Henry Trinder, 23. Tom Hudson
Unavailable for selection:
Ruan Ackermann, Mark Atkinson, Gareth Denman, Ruan Dreyer, Lewis Ludlow, Franco Marais, Tom Marshall, Paddy McAllister, Will Safe
Referee: Tom Foley
Tries: Hanson, Sharples, Thorley (2), Clarke, Visagie
Con: Twelvetrees (3)