Gloucester sweep Worcester aside for first win

Gloucester outscored Worcester Warriors by 29 points to 8 for their first Premiership win this season at Kingsholm on Saturday.

The result extends Gloucester’s unbeaten record at home in the league to an incredible 20 matches.

However, Head Coach Bryan Redpath will know that his side will have to play much better if they are to make the play-offs for a second successive season.

Gloucester dominated the first half but were unable to add any further tries to Jonny May’s intercept score after just seven minutes.

Instead, they relied in the boot of Tim Taylor to build up a healthy half-time lead of 19-3, the former Nottingham man kicking four penalties as well as the conversion to May’s try.

Worcester had to wait until the 36th minute before getting on the scoreboard, Joey Carlisle on the mark with his second attempt at goal.

But shortly afterwards Worcester lost the services of wing Marcel Garvey after he was shown a yellow card by referee Luke Pearce who was officiating in his first-ever Premiership fixture.

The Cherry and Whites, though, were unable to make Worcester pay for being one man down, and the game continued to be punctuated by a number of errors by both sides.

Indeed, the third quarter passed by without a single point being scored with Andy Goode missing a 55th-minute shot at goal.

Freddie Burns, on as a second-half replacement for Taylor, eventually broke the deadlock with a penalty to make it 22-3.

Passing and handling remained of the lowest quality until Tom Voyce managed to add a second try with a simple run-in on 77 minutes and Burns landed the touchline conversion.

Dale Rasmussen went in at the corner right at the death to ensure the game finished on a bit of positive note for the Warriors, although Goode missed with the conversion with the final act.

Final Score Gloucester 29 (19) Worcester 8 (3)

Try: May, Voyce
Conversion: Taylor, Burns
Penalty: Taylor 4, Burns

Try: Rasmussen
Penalty: Carslie
Cards: Garvey (Yellow)

Referee: Luke Pearce (1st Premiership game)


Gloucester Rugby:Olly Morgan; Charlie Sharples, Jonny May, Lesley Vainikolo, James Simpson-Daniel; Tim Taylor, Nick Runciman; Nick Wood, Darren Dawidiuk, Dario Chistolini; Will James, Tom Savage; Peter Buxton (capt), Andy Hazell, Matt Cox

Replacements:Nathan Charles, Dan Murphy, Rupert Harden, David Lyons, Gareth Evans, Dan Robson, Freddie Burns, Tom Voyce

Worcester Warriors: 15 Errie Claassens , 14 Marcel Garvey , 13 Alex Grove , 12 Dale Rasmussen , 11 Miles Benjamin , 10 Joe Carlisle , 9 Shaun Perry , 1 Matt Mullan , 2 Chris Fortey , 3 Tevita Taumoepeau , 4 James Percival , 5 Craig Gillies , 6 Neil Best , 7 Jake Abbott , 8 Kai Horstmann (c)

Replacements , 16 Ed Shervington , 17 George Porter , 18 Bruce Douglas , 19 Chris Jones , 20 Matt Kvesic , 21 Jonny Arr , 22 Andy Goode , 23 Tom Arscott

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