Cherry and Whites' late show
Second half surge
Gloucester 36 Worcester 3
Friday, 20 December 2019, 1745hrs

A dominant display by the Cherry and Whites saw them eventually gain a bonus point victory over near neighbours Worcester but despite the lion's share of possession and territory the hosts made hard work of securing the end result.
The visitors looked a very limited side on this showing and despite a rugged defence had very little else to offer as frustratingly Gloucester took an age to make their superiority count to lift spirits with a comfortable win
The first-half was an irritating affair from the hosts' perspective with a couple of tries ruled out, courtesy of the TMO, as Worcester had the better of the referees' rulings as they continually slowed the game down before the interval and despite much Gloucester pressure, only a penalty to show on the scoreboard for all their efforts. 3-3.
The second -half started very much like the first before Worcester were made to pay for their growing number of infringements with former Gloucester player Ryan Mills being yellow-carded.
This heralded a plethora of points for Gloucester, as first Ruan Ackermann scored to ignite a purple patch for star young Welsh winger Louis Rees-Zammit who broke clear to set up a stunning try for Chris Harris and then added one of his own latching on to
a clever Billy Twelvetrees kick.
Ben Morgan forced his way over for the try-bonus point score before Rees-Zammit made the visitors pay for their inaccuracy in spilling the ball with his second try after some sharp handling to wrap up a final score 36-3.
After recent results any win is welcome but I have no doubt the Welsh regions will now be queuing up to get the man of the moment Louis Rees-Zammit signed up under contract.
T.H. 21/12/2019

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A somewhat frustrating first half that could have seen Glos leading 17-3 at half-time, instead a late penalty saw a 3-3 half-time score. Worcester had frustrated both the Glos players and fans by consistently slowing the game down and playing the referee. 

A much better second half performance saw Glos secure a bonus point win, with a brace of tries from the flying winger Zammit and one each for Ackermann Jnr, Harris and Morgan. 
A much deserved and needed win for the Cherry & Whites. More of the same will be needed away to Saints and a similar performance and score line against our friends from down the A46 will be a great, if overdue Christmas present for the fans. 

15.Tom Marshall; 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Ollie Thorley; 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Willi Heinz (capt);
1. Val Rapava Ruskin, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Alex Craig, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Lewis Ludlow 8. Ben Morgan


16. Todd Gleave, 17. Josh Hohneck, 18. Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19. Gerbrandt Grobler, 20. Freddie Clarke,
21. Joe Simpson, 22. Billy Twelvetrees, 23. Charlie Sharples

Unavailable for selection:
Ruan Dreyer, Corné Fourie, James Hanson, Jaco Kriel, Jake Polledri,
Ed Slater, Owen Williams, Jason Woodward

Att: 13,787
Tries: Ackermann, Morgan, Rees-Zammit (2)
Cipriani (4)
Pen : Cipriani

Half-time: 3-3

Referee: Chris Ridley

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