Cherry and Whites fail to get bonus-point
Gloucester miss out
Gloucester 23 - Zebre 10
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 1515hrs

The Cherry and Whites duly won their opening European Challenge Cup over Zebre but having built up a 23 point first half lead, completely failed to add any points after the break as the Italian side scored 10 of their own. It just about sums up Gloucester’s performances so far this season
All in all it was as disappointing as the wet weather with very little to shout about as the post RWC early season stumbles on. After what is said to have been the best RWC ever, this was yet another poor advert for rugby. Perhaps we were all spoiled by the earlier exciting events with running rugby from the Southern Hemisphere sides but most of the Premiership rugby I have seen so far this season has been desperately dull and dire week after week and this match was just no better.
Gloucester were pretty much in control during a first half which provided tries from Henry Purdy, Ross Moriarty and Steve McColl plus points from the boot of Billy Burns to build a 23 point lead.
We sat back and expected more of the same in the second half but it just didn’t happen the mistakes mounted as did the penalties conceded with a yellow card for Lewis Ludlow and the ignominy of conceding a penalty try.

The replacements all arrived with regularity but it made no difference with the only light on the horizon was the welcome return of Henry Trinder after months of rehab following injury to the loudest cheer of the day and an impressive debut from All Black Jeremy Thrush.
The first half may have been encouraging but the second half was downright depressing and frustrating, a bit like England rugby in general at the moment.
The RFU WRC review panel composition and its brief, plus the cover up of salary cap breaches by Premiership Rugby have done nothing to ease frustration or counter the view that the paying public is still largely ignored.
Professional rugby should be what all young players aspire to, however the way in which the game is currently organised, funded and developed leaves much to be desired and unfortunately seems unlikely to change.
This current Cherry and Whites side is packed with potential and promise but sadly still fails to fire on all cylinders.
T.H. 15/11/2015
Pricey's Postscript

For me that was a point lost rather than four points won. Zebre were made to look good and probably couldn't believe the amount of ball that was kicked to them by a very inaccurate Gloucester XV. Yes, it was a second string Gloucester team but for those selected it should have been an opportunity to stand up and be noticed. Sadly for quite a few their performance demonstrated that they are not up to it and maybe a career in the Championship is more realistic for them. That said the Gloucester game plan, so bereft of ambition and sparkle would make it difficult for anyone to shine. The forward pack performed and the defence looked sound but the attacking game failed to establish a platform for what should have been a bag full of tries

J.G.P 15/11/2015.

More From Mike
Certainly a game of two halves, even after the Lord Mayor's Show comes to mind; again Gloucester managed to control the game up until half time then let or invited the opposition to take over. This has been the story of the Cherry & White's season so far.

The first half was all Glos with Zebre making little progress or having much adventure. Tries from Moriarty, McColl and Purdy saw Glos in total control and visions of a bonus point prior to half time and a 50 point win. 

The first half must have been a dream which turned into a nightmare in the second half. Glos came close to that elusive bonus point try but dropped the ball twice, when it would have been easier to score, and bit by bit Zebre collected their 10 points points. The only highlights in the second half for Glos was the darting run from the returning Henry Trinder, also a good first game from Jeremy Thrush, who must be wondering why Glos didn't dominate for 80 minutes not 40.

Bonus points could be decisive in this group and if Glos are going to defend their trophy these need to be collected. A busy week lies ahead with the Barbarians on Tuesday and La Rochelle away on Thursday, it will be interesting to see what personnel will represent Glos in these two fixtures. Hopefully Mr Humphries and Co will make the right selections come match day.
Mike

Gloucester
Rob Cook;
Steve McColl, Bill Meakes, Mark Atkinson, Henry Purdy
Billy Burns, Callum Braley
Yann Thomas, Tom Lindsay, Paul Doran-Jones;
Elliott Stooke, Jeremy Thrush, Ross Moriarty, Jacob Rowan, Lewis Ludlow
Replacements:
Darren Dawiduk,Dan Murphy,Nicky Thomas,Tom Hicks,Dan Thomas,
Greig Laidlaw,Henry Trinder,Ollie Thorley

Tries:Purdy, Moriarty, McColl
Con: Burns
Pen: Burns

Half-Time: 23-0

Referee
- Andrew Brace - Ireland

Attendance - 9,973

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