Cherry and Whites line up home date
Gloucester do enough
Gloucester 33 Oyonnax 3
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 1500hrs

Overall not the best game of rugby at Kingsholm this season but at least the Cherry and Whites made sure of progressing to the Quarter-final stages of the European Rugby Challenge Cup with victory over a stubborn but limited Oyonnax team.
The damage for Gloucester was done in the opening quarter of the match with three quick-fire tries which effectively meant that as a contest it was all over by half-time with the score at 26-3.

Early pressure by the hosts enabled Billy Burns to gather a grubber kick to score and Greig Laidlaw’s conversion was a formality.
The visitors did reply with a penalty but Gloucester immediately hit back and the ball was moved sharply across the back line for Jonny May to cross for another converted try.
Gloucester kept up the pressure as the class of Jonny May was again highlighted as he tore the opposition to shreds enabling Mark Atkinson to score for another seven points.
The French visitors were forced into desperate defence and obliged to carry over their line and were under pressure at the subsequent scrums which eventually led to a penalty try. 26-3.
Whilst the first half had been a decent enough the second period was very poor affair. Understandably all the replacements arrived as the game degenerated into a drab affair with a seemingly non-stop succession of scrums with the inevitable re-sets.
The visitors did enough to cause the home side to work hard in defence and expose the gulf in quality when Gloucester's leading players were replaced.

The interminable half dragged on and on and it seemed destined to be without any further points before replacement Ross Moriarity showed deceptive place to take play to the visitors' line before fellow replacement Dan Robson darted over for a sharp try.

Nothing to get excited about but the Cherry and Whites got the victory they wanted so it is now away to Brive next Thursday in the final Pool game which will surely be a more difficult challenge.
T.H. 18/1/2015

Pricey's Postscript -

I went to a party yesterday afternoon which to be honest I wasn’t expecting a lot because some of the invited guests had decided not to turn up. That said, it started OK with sparkling wine and some very nice savouries but as always at such do’s the host could not keep up the supply and ended up serving sausage rolls after about 20 minutes. They soon ran out, too, as did the wine and we had to stand around waiting for the desserts to defrost. I was just about to go when eventually some warmed up mince pies were served up. Anyway, it passed the afternoon although maybe I should have stayed at home, but then again you have to show your face – it would be rude not to.
J.G.P. 18/1/0215

More from Mike -

Well what can one say. After the last-minute excitement of last week this was something of a damp squib,. What's it they say ? "After the Lord Mayor's show."

Gloucester had this game by half-time and the faithful expected more of the same in the second half, however this was not to be. Gloucester fought hard to defend their line and stop Oyonnax breaching it, a job well done. 5 points and due to results elsewhere a home quarter final.
Next week should bring another win but it will be far more difficult than this. The Rose Tinted Glasses may be needed.


James Hook;
David Halaifonua, Mark Atkinson, Billy Twelvetrees (capt), Jonny May;
Billy Burns, Greig Laidlaw;
Yann Thomas, Richard Hibbard, John Afoa;
Tom Savage, James Hudson;
Sione Kalamafoni, Matt Kvesic, Gareth Evans

Replacements -
Darren Dawidiuk, Dan Murphy, Shaun Knight, Elliott Stooke, Ross Moriarty, Dan Robson, Bill Meakes, Steve McColl

Half-Time: 26-3
Tries: Burns, May, Atkinson, Penalty, Robson
Con: Laidlaw (4)

Referee - Andrew McMenemy (Scotland)

Attendance - 9,381

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