Cherry and Whites made to setle for bonus-points
Gloucester miss out
Wasps 33 Gloucester 29
Adams Park, High Wycombe - Sunday 17 February, 2013




Pricey's Piece -

Wasps are a hard nut to crack but for 80% of the game Gloucester had them firmly in the jaws of the nutcracker and with a bit more precision, nous and pressure, make no mistake, Wasps would have cracked.

Although the half time score was 10-13 to Wasps, Gloucester had the possession and the territory for most of the half indeed the first time Wasps entered the visitors 22 was after 20 minutes. They scored a try. Nevertheless Gloucester put them back in the jaws again and although the half time score gave a 13-10 advantage Gloucester maintained the pressure. They continued to do so in the second half but as soon as Tindall scored Gloucester’s second try to make it 17 -16 the nut popped out of the nutcracker and both pressure and control went with it.
In no time at all Gloucester shipped 17 points to go into the last throes of the game 33 -17 down. A third try was scored and Gloucester sniffed a losing bonus point. A young Gloucester supporter in front of me said he preferred two bonus points – one for losing and one for four tries. Within a flash his wish was granted.

I don’t like Adams Park and I was bemoaning the early 1pm kick off but despite the defeat I enjoyed the game. Gloucester’s first try came from Dan Robson who gratefully received the pass from Akapussi Qera who broke off a maul with pace and aggression.
Robson was able to canter under the posts without a challenge. Mike Tindall crossed from 10/15 metres as a result of a great running line and sweet pass from Ryan Mills. By this stage Gloucester had missed four penalty goal attempts. Cook kicked short at the limit of his range and Mills hit the post from a long range effort from 5 metres inside his own half. The worst two misses were from Cook in the second half; both were straightforward opportunities which he would normally snaffle up with ease but as every player experiences he suffered a bad day.

Wasps first try came from a line out which followed a deep placed penalty kick for the home side. 5 metres out. A well practiced move saw Johnson dive over through a pile of players for the try. Their second came from a Gloucester scrum that lost control of the ball. Wasps back rower Vunipola snatched the ball up, shot off and passed to Christian Wade the Wasps right wing who must be one of the fastest in the league and demonstrated such with a well finished try. The third Wasps try was a sucker punch. The scrum wheeled, Vunipola picked up in the back row and easy peasy crossed the line.

Sharples saw more of the ball than in recent games and used it wisely. Mills looked good at 10. Lokotui returned another strong performance along with James. Gloucester’s back row drew with their Wasps counterparts. A good game where once again Gloucester’s positive spirit of never giving up shone through and perhaps could have won the day.
J.G.P. 18/2/2013

Gloucester failed to make the most of long periods of possession which allowed them to establish territory but sadly four missed penalties may well have cost them the result.
However no one should be in any doubt that Wasps are once again a good side and they are unbeaten at Adams Park in the Premiership this season.

It wasn't just the penalties that Gloucester missed but also crucially the formidable influential presence of Akapusi Qera who left the field at the end of the first half and did not re-appear for the second half. The visitors were not quite the same without him.
The never say die attitude instilled in the side by Nigel Davies saw the Cherry and Whites notch up four tries away from home which is normally enough to gain a win but this time it was just short as Gloucester had to settle for the bonus-points.

T.H. 18/2/2013

R Cook (M Thomas, 68),
C Sharples, M Tindall (capt), T Molenaar (H Trinder, 68), J May,
R Mills, D Robson (D Lewis, 65),
N Wood (D Murphy, 67), D Dawidiuk (K Britton, 59), R Harden,
L Lokotui, W James,
T Savage (J Hamilton, 59), A Qera (M Cox, 38), S Kalamafoni. - Unused: Y Thomas.

Tries: Robson, Tindall, Mills, Sharples
Con: Cook (2)
Pen: Cook

Referee - Andrew Small

Attendance - 6,076

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