Gloucester hold on to beat London Wasps

Gloucester ended a run of four consecutive defeats at Kingholm with a 29=22 victory over London Wasps in the Aviva Premiership.

London Wasps pushed Gloucester right to the death and came close to picking up a draw which would have been a great result for the visitors considering they have not won away from home in the Premiership since Worcester last October.

Two penalties from Freddie Burns and a converted James Simpson-Daniel try gave the hosts a ten-point lead after Wasps had gained the early advantage through Stephen Jones that put them 3-0 up.

Sione Kalamafoni’s then scored on 28 minutes, followed two minutes later by a Elliot Daly try for London Wasps which made it the score 20-13.

Burns then added three more penalties, Jones kicked two of his own and replacement Nick Robinson’s three-pointer sealed what may be a vital bonus-point for the Adams Park outfit.

It was a pulsating game, with the hosts never able to shake off their visitors but they managed to survive three minutes of late panic for victory.

With former Cheetahs and Springbok back-rower Ashley Johnson shining, it was the Wasps who got the first points on the board thanks to the relentless accurate kicking by Jones.

Gloucester then stirred into life with two scores as wing Simpson-Daniel weaved his way past four tackles to dive over, followed by Kalamafoni capitalising on the sleepy defence.

Wasps looked dead and buried at 20-3, but Daly scored a dazzling try from the right and his side only trailed by seven at the interval after a long kick by Tommy Bell sneaked over.

Burns completed his penalty hat-trick following the break to restore a ten-point lead, but Gloucester’s indiscipline led to two more Jones strikes either side of a fourth from Burns.

Wasps weren’t helped when skipper Marco Wentzel was sin-binned for a technical offence, and despite a late flurry of attacks they were unable to unlock Gloucester’s gritty defence.

Final Score Gloucester 29 (20) Wasps 22 (13)


Tries: Simpson-Daniel, Kalamafoni
Penalties: Burns 5
Conversions: Burns 2

London Wasps
Tries: Daly
Penalties: Jones 3, Bell, Robinson
Conversions: Jones

Match Officials
: Martin Fox (81st Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick, Andrew Watson.
TMO: Graham Hughes


London Wasps:

15 Tommy Bell , 14 Tom Varndell , 13 Elliot Daly , 12 Andrea Masi , 11 Christian Wade , 10 Stephen Jones , 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Jonathan Poff , 6 James Haskell , 5 Marco Wentzel (c) , 4 Tom Palmer , 3 Zak Taulafo, 2 T Rhys Thomas, 1 Tim Payne

Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay , 17 Simon McIntyre , 18 Fabio Staibano , 19 James Cannon , 20 Billy Vunipola , 21 Charlie Davies , 22 Nick Robinson , 23 Jack Wallace


Rob Cook; Jonny May, Henry Trinder, Billy Twelvetrees, James Simpson-Daniel; Freddie Burns, Dan Robson; Nick Wood, Darren Dawidiuk, Rupert Harden; Tom Savage, Jim Hamilton (capt); Sione Kalamafoni, Andy Hazell, Ben Morgan

Replacements:Huia Edmonds, Dan Murphy, Shaun Knight, Will James, Akapusi Qera, Dave Lewis, Mike Tindall, Martyn Thomas

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