Cherry and Whites first home win
Poor game - good result
Gloucester 37 Treviso 8
Saturday, 22 October, 2016. 1500hrs
It wasn’t all bad.
At least it was an afternoon out in the fresh air but despite the return of star winger Jonny May and a rare victory at Kingsholm for the Cherry and Whites, the match itself was a poor affair. However it was not all down to mistakes by the players this time, as despite their best efforts, this game never evolved or generated any momentum thanks to a particularly finicky referee who never allowed play to flow.
As anticipated Gloucester duly won against a dogged Treviso team but had to wait until the final minute of the match to secure the vital bonus-point try.
The home side enjoyed very much the lion’s share of territory and possession and although the early scores came from the boot of Greig Laidlaw before Lewis Ludlow claimed the first try of the afternoon following a sharp off-load from Paddy McAllister. Ross Moriarty went close but was held up before Billy Burns burst through but with May and Charlie Sharples either side of him he butchered the chance and the hosts missed out.
However despite determined resistance from the Italian side Jonny May celebrated a happy return to Kingsholm when he latched on to a Burns’ kick ahead to score. Laidlaws’s conversion took the half time score to 20-3.
Treviso started the second half with a decent try as poor Gloucester mid-field tackling allowed wing Tagicakibu to score in the corner before Laidlaw kicked another penalty. This was soon followed up as leading try scorer Matt Scott took advantage of a strong counter attack run from the industriuos Charlie Sharples to cross for try number three.
Despite strong breaks from John Afoa and continued pressure on the visitors’ line with Richard Hibbard and Mark Atkinson were both denied tries before eventually livewire replacement Callum Braley squeezed over for the bonus-point try converted by James Hook for the first home win of the season.
Not the strongest Gloucester starting team on parade but just about good enough to get the result. Long term injuries have hit the Cherry and Whites hard this season and it is now getting worrying with the ongoing lack of recruitment and the extension of key players contracts.
The fact is that professional Premiership rugby is now becoming a group of ‘haves and have nots’ clubs at the top of the league table with the big spenders opening up noticeable differences with the teams at the bottom.
You cannot help think that unless Gloucester can generate serious spending money on top players they will get left behind and will no longer be considered as a genuine current top ranking club.
Back to Premiership rugby at Northampton next Friday which Gloucester team will turn up?
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I probably wouldn't have bothered to go if it had not been part of the season ticket and on that basis I was not disappointed. Entertaining enough, I suppose, but it was poor quality rugby by a mediocre Gloucester and a poor Treviso. Mistakes abounded by both teams and the last 15 minutes would not have been out of place at The Everyman Theatre in pantomime season. Gloucester deserved the winning bonus point but in reality they should have scored a lot more tries against a team that would struggle in the Championship. The last two weeks bringing bonus point wins will no doubt sate the appetites of The Shed Heads but I am still to be convinced.
15. James Hook;
14. Charlie Sharples,13. Matt Scott, 12Billy Twelvetrees,11. Jonny May;
10. Billy Burns, 9. Greig Laidlaw. Capt;
1.Paddy McAllister, 2.Motu Matu'u, 3. John Afoa;
4. Tom Savage, 5.Joe Latta ;
6. Ross Moriarty, 7. Matt Kvesic, 8.Lewis Ludlow.
16. Richard Hibbard,17 Cameron Orr, 18. Salesi Ma'afu, 19 Freddie Clarke,
20. Jacob Rowan, 21.Callum Braley, 22. Mark Atkinson, 23. Ollie Thorley.
Try: Ludlow, May, Scott, Braley. Con Laidlaw (3), Hook
Pen: Laidlaw (3)
Referee: Dudley Philips - Ireland