Cherry and Whites come from behind to win
Elements and Irish beaten
Gloucester 27 London Irish 14
Saturday, January 2, 2016 - 1500hrs!

Seemingly never-ending rain reduced Kingsholm to a saturated muddy morass more suited to bog snorkelling than top rugby but despite the treacherous underfoot conditions it was the composed kicking of James Hook that eventually steered the Cherry and Whites to victory after trailing 14-6 at the interval.
The former Wales fly-half missed only one kick at goal, slotted five penalties and provided a pragmatic wet weather tactical game which allowed Gloucester to overcome a half-time eight-point deficit by scoring 21 unanswered second half points.
Before the interval London Irish had the edge, doubtless buoyed by having beaten Northampton in their last outing, the visitors started well opening up the Gloucester defence with a sharply taken converted try from centre Ciaran Hearn and followed that up with a second try as a well judged cross-kick from fly-half Chris Noakes enabled wing Alex Lewington to rise above Rob Cook and score. Half-time, Irish lead 6-14.

However as the match progressed after the break Hook kept the scoreboard ticking over as the Gloucester line out admirably led by Jeremy Thrush took control and their driving maul put the pressure on the Irish defence. Irish conceded more penalties as Lewington was sin-binned before the Gloucester pack power-play eventually told as Matt Kvesic emerged from a relentless drive with a try.
Billy Burns replaced the hard-working Charlie Sharples and in no time he finished off Gloucester’s best move of the match with a try in the corner to deny Irish a point.
A testing time coming up for the improving Cherry and Whites starting with a visit to Sandy Park, where whatever the weather, they are assured of a decent playing surface and a tough contest.


T.H. 3/1/2016

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Well a full house at Kingsholm witnessed an old fashioned game of rugby played on a quagmire of a pitch.

It was very much a tale of two halves, Irish showing in the first half that are not really a bottom two club, countering everything that Glos threw at them and led 14-6 at the break. It certainly looked as if it was going to be a frustrating afternoon for the Kingsholm faithful. I don't know what was said at halftime, but the Cherry & Whites came out all guns blazing, and with James Hook leading, with clever positional kicking and keeping the scoreboard eating away at the Irish lead, Glos took control.
With Hook's tactical king and Thrush winning line-outs with ease, Glos clawed their way back into the game and the lead. With the Kingsholm crowd roaring the Cherry & Whites on a small lead of 15-14 soon became a winning score of 27-14.

There is still a long way to go and some tough opposition ahead, but the second half performance showed true guts and passion. We have many stars but they need to work as a team and in the second half this was certainly the case. Jeremy Thrush is a true leader who will upset a few opposition players.
One question to end with; Do we need to make so many changes to the starting line-up for Exeter away next Saturday? 
Mike

Gloucester
Rob Cook;
Charlie Sharples, Bill Meakes, Billy Twelvetrees (capt), Henry Purdy;
James Hook, Willi Heinz;
Nick Wood, Richard Hibbard, Nicky Thomas;
Tom Savage, Jeremy Thrush;
Ross Moriarty, Matt Kvesic, Sione Kalamafoni
Replacements
Tom Lindsay, Paddy McCallister, Ben Morgan, Dan Murphy, Jacob Rowan,
Greig Laidlaw
, Billy Burns, Mark Atkinson,


Tries: Kvesic, Burns
Con: Hook
Pen: Hook (5)

Half-Time: 6-14

Referee
- Tom Foley

Attendance - 16,000

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