Cherry and Whites
The young ones shine
Gloucester 25 Harlequins 7
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 1500hrs

The young ones of Gloucester did all that could be expected of them in beating a more experienced Harlequins team. Their well deserved victory may not be quite enough to take them into the LV= Cup semi-finals but that was not because of a lack of effort or commitment from the players.
The relatively inexperienced Gloucester team took the game to the Quins from the start especially up front where their set-piece got better the longer the game went on and established complete forward dominance.
Despite another good sized Kingsholm crowd the LV= Cup has never been a popular competition but it has acted as a springboard for the up and coming talent at Premiership clubs and on the evidence of this season’s tournament there is no shortage of emerging talent from Hartpury.
The bitter cold conditions did nothing to dampen the spirited Gloucester enterprise as Aled Thomas got the first points on the board with a penalty before a catch and drive from the home side’s pack earned them the first try for the impressive Dan Thomas.


Aled Thomas added another penalty with a scruffy kick before the visitors took advantage of mistakes and poor discipline allowing the know-how of the experienced Karl Dickson and Ross Chisolm to put Ugo Monye over in the corner which Ben Botica converted well from the touchline to put the half-time score at 13-7.
Quins had only created one chance but had taken it and started the second period purposefully but the home defence proved equal to the task before pressure from the Gloucester pack ended when flanker Jacob Rowan plunged over under the posts. Thomas converted. 20-7.
Gloucester’s pack assumed almost complete control enabling centre Bill Meakes to make a strong break to link up with speedster Steph Reynolds and there was no catching him.
Although Gloucester went close several times the bonus-point try eluded them thanks to the touchline and Quins’ cover tackling.
All credit to the young ones, especially the back row of Rowan, Moriarty and Thomas who got through an immense amount of work in attack and defence.
The New Year has started well for the Cherry and Whites but although confidence has improved the Premiership is very much a different
proposition.
T.H. 8/2/2015

Pricey's Postscript -
Another good performance by the Gloucester young ‘uns following on from last week’s good win against Ospreys. They were helped by a crucial pair of substitutions in the second half when Yann Thomas and James Hudson came on to bolster the path and effectively close out the game.
Good rugby in very cold weather!

J.G.P. 07/02/2015

More from Mike -


Another fine display from the youngster of Gloucester, who all wore the Cherry & White with pride, in beating a more experienced Quins side. Will this team have a chance for further forays this season depends on the result at Allianz Park on Sunday afternoon.

Some excellent contributions from the pack, especially Dan Thomas, who having won me a bottle of Champagne with his champagne moment the week before, carried on where he left off. This young man has a future here at Glos and if he continues to produce performances similar to those of the last 2 weeks, will soon be knocking on the first team door.
This competitions future is in doubt with it not being played next season and talk of an increased Premiership the following year, Everyone has their comments to make re its purpose, but all in all if nothing else comes from it, Glos have a very bright future in these young players.
A well deserved win and lets all cheer on Exeter this afternoon.
Back to the grunt and grind of Premiership Rugby for the next few weeks, lets hope the momentum and the unbeaten in 2015 record continues at Welford Road on Friday Night.

Mike

Gloucester
Billy Burns
Steph Reynolds, Henry Purdy, Bill Meakes, Ollie Thorley;
Aled Thomas (capt) ;
Dan Robson
Dan Murphy,
Aleki Lutui, Sila Puafisi;
Elliott Stooke, Tom Hicks;
Dan Thomas, Jacob Rowan, Ross Moriarty

Replacements -Luke Cole, Yann Thomas, Shaun Knight, James Hudson, Lewis Ludlow,
Callum Braley, Elliott Creed, Kai Little

Half-Time: 13-7
Tries: DThomas, Rowan, Reynolds
Con: A.Thomas (2)
Pen: A.Thomas (2)

Referee -T.Wigglesworth
Attendance - 11,551

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