EUROPEAN RUGBY CHAMPIONS CUP
Cherry and Whites earn bonus-point victory
Welcome win
Gloucester 26 Connacht 17
Sunday, 7 December 2019,1300hrs

The Cherry and Whites ended a run of five straight defeats with a bonus-point win over Irish visitors Connacht, 26-17 at Kingsholm.
A welcome win but not a completely satisfying performance as once again Gloucester were not able to turn territory and possession into points with more of the frustrating inaccuracy which has been highlighted throughout this season so far.
After a dream start with a converted Tom Marshall try, Connacht hit back with a converted try of their own and took the lead thanks to a successful penalty kick. 7-10.
However it was a frustrating first-half for Gloucester after their early score as it was the all too familiar sight of missed chances on top of consistently getting on the wrong side of the referee all too often and it seemed that once again the hosts were destined for another narrow defeat.
It took a Danny Cipriani interception to light up Kingsholm and his pass found impressive young winger Louis Rees-Zammit on hand and the speedster crossed under the posts for Cipriani to add the extras and put Gloucester back in front. 14-10.


Marshall got his second try before Jake Polledri's converted try gave Gloucester the bonus score and a 26-10 winning margin.

Replacement Billy Twelvetrees was sin-binned allowing the visitors something of a late consolation score but it was very much too little too late.
Whether this welcome win will boost morale and lead to a revival in Gloucester's fortunes remains to be seen but if they can only cut down on the error count more wins will surely follow.
Mistakes cost matches!
T.H. 9/12/2019


More from Mike

A much improved performance, but still room for more with a win needed next week, the errors must be eradicated. 
A strong Gloucester team were held for a long time by a testy Connacht side, but a 10 minute spell in the second half gave Glos the edge. 
A great performance by Tom Marshall, (If the rumours about going back to NZ aren't true give him another contract), Cipriani is starting to show some of the play he displayed last year. Onward and upward. A similar result next week and Toulouse to beat Montpellier, we could just qualify for the quarter finals. Let's hope the powers that be pick a strong side for next week. 

Mike

Gloucester
15.Tom Marshall; 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Ollie Thorley; 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Joe Simpson;
1. Val Rapava-Ruskin, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Gerbrandt Grobler, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Jake Polledri, 8. Ben Morgan (capt)

Replacements:

16. Todd Gleave, 17. Josh Hohneck, 18. Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19. Alex Craig, 20. Lewis Ludlow, 21. Callum Braley, 22. Billy Twelvetrees, 23. Matt Banahan

Unavailable for selection:
Ruan Dreyer, Corné Fourie, James Hanson, Willi Heinz, Jaco Kriel, Ed Slater, Henry Trinder, Owen Williams, Jason Woodward


Scorers:
Tries: Marshall (2), Rees-Zammit, Polledri
Con:
Cipriani (3)

Half-time:
7-10

Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France)

ATT 10,875

Saturday 17 December 2011 - Gloucester 23 Connacht 19

Friday 3 April 2015 - Gloucester 14 Connacht 7

Sunday 9 May 2015 - Gloucester 40 Connacht 32

Gloucester Heineken Cup Record

Gloucester European Kingsholm Attendances