Cherry and Whites' seven try romp
Gloucester thrash Worcester
Gloucester 55 Worcester 19
Saturday, 7 January, 2017. 1500hrs

The smiles on the faces of the Cherry and Whites faithful at the end of a one-sided match said it all. Following on from the frustrations of narrowly losing out to Northampton and Harlequins, this seven try, bonus-point rout of neighbours Worcester was a real tonic for for all involved at Kingsholm.
In the past clashes between the two sides have always been hard-fought, close run affairs but this time round Gloucester seized the initiative early on and made light of the heavy conditions underfoot as woeful Worcester were never in the game and look set for another struggle for Premiership survival.
The hosts set the tone with an early Greig Laidlaw penalty before the breakthrough try came from the ever industrious Jonny May converted by Laidlaw.
It got better for Gloucester as that man May put leading try scorer Matt Scott in for another converted try. 17-0.
Worcester briefly rallied
and although Ryan Mills missed a penalty they tested the home side's defence before they cut the deficit through winger Cooper Vuna who snapped up a loose ball to thread his way through would be tacklers to score an excellent solo try. 17-7.
That was as good as it got for the visitors as Jacob Rowan took full advantage of some poor Worcester tackling for Gloucester's third converted try to ease into a comfortable lead before they lost Laidlaw through a head injury. Half-time 24-7.
After the break Billy Burns kicked a penalty before he too departed with a leg injury but young replacement scrum half Ben Vellacott added impressive pace and precision on his debut before the bonus-try was scored on the hour when Jeremy Thrush charged down the touchline and gave a smart pass to prop John Afoa who surged over from twenty yards to much celebration. Billy Twelvetrees became the third Gloucester player to provide a conversion . 34-7.
Any lingering doubts of a come-back by the visitors were firmly dispelled as Vellacott took full advantage of half-hearted tackling and despite slipping he set up Charlie Sharples to add a try in the corner. Twelvetrees added the extras. 41-7
Gloucester struck again as Matt Scott seized upon a loose pass inside the his own half to leave Worcester's defenders floundering in his wake to put 50 points within sight. 48-7.
Worcester did get something of a consolation score through Cavubati but Gloucester added to the scoring spree when prop Josh Hohneck drove over from close range before a visitors' score from Faosilvia that looked to have a forward pass involved, completed the scoring.
One swallow doesn't make a summer but it was good to actually enjoy a result rather than rue match officials' suspect decisions.
Perhaps that was why top referees were on parade at Kingsholm
with Wayne Barnes in charge aided by assistant referees Luke Pearce and Tom Foley?

T.H. 8/1/2017

Pricey's Postscript
For once everything went right, well except for the three tries that Worcester scored. Worcester were a poor side on Saturday but that wasn't Gloucester's fault and they took full advantage by completely demolishing their opponents. No doubt the ShedHead will see the victory as the turning point in Gloucester's season but I shall reserve my judgement. The game plan appeared to be the same and whilst the execution was better I'm not sure whether it would have brought about the same result against the likes of Saracens, Bath, Exeter and most of the other teams above Gloucester's eighth position in the league. The bright notes were Jonny May looking fit and eager for work (he had to because he wasn't getting many passes on his left wing), young Vellacott looked sharp and inventive at scrum half and Billy Twelvetrees put in another full shift. The next proper test is Leicester away on 11/2/2017 followed by Sarries at home a week later and then Wasps away.
J.G.P. 8/1/2017

More from Mike -

Well, it's been a long time coming, some might even say long overdue.

We have sat or stood as supporters awaiting this result, some thought on the night of the Leicester fixture that the half-time score, was going to be the start of a fantastic season for the Cherry & Whites. Maybe this result will kick start the season and help the side reach a top six position.
This was a solid Glos performance, although there must be questions asked about the 3 soft tries that Worcester scored and one could question Mr Barnes view of the last Worcester try.
Onwards and upwards from now on.
Oh, I did say before the game that we would win, as I had been sh*t on from a height by a seagull whilst eating my chips outside the ground. I did look for the seagull on the way out but it was a little dark, if anyone has a similar experience would they try to catch said seagull as he is obviously a lucky omen.

Tries: May, Scott(2), Rowan, Afoa, Sharples, Hohneck
Con; Laidlaw 3, Twelvetrees 4
Pen: Laidlaw, Burns

15. Tom Marshall;
14.Charlie Sharples, 13. Matt Scott, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Jonny May;
10. Billy Burns, 9. Greig Laidlaw (capt);
1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Richard Hibbard, 3. Salesi Ma'afu;
4. Tom Savage, 5. Jeremy Thrush;

6. Ross Moriarty, 7. Jacob Rowan, 8. Ben Morgan
Replacements -
16. Motu Matu'u, 17. Paddy McAllister, 18. John Afoa, 19. Joe Latta, 20. Lewis Ludlow,
21. Ben Vellacott, 22. Andy Symons, 23. David Halaifonua

Referee: Wayne Barnes

Att: 14,584

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