Gloucester hit back to beat Quins in LV=Cup

Gloucester came back from 20 points behind to beat Harlequins 31-29 in their Anglo Welsh LV= Cup game at The Stoop on Sunday.

The hosts stormed into an early lead as Nick Evans slotted a penalty before James Percival opened the try-scoring in the ninth minute to give Quins a 10-0 advantage.

The match was starting to run away from Gloucester as Evans crashed over for Quins’ second try. The fly-half missed the conversion, but made up for it shortly thereafter with his second try in 12 minutes.

Gloucester’s discipline cost them dearly when Darren Dawidiuk was sin-binned. Quins took advantage of their superior numbers and surged 20 points clear with Evans’ second try.

The visitors finally found their feet after a disappointing half-hour. South African James Simpson-Daniel provided Gloucester with their first points as he scored a crucial try before Tim Taylor added the extras.

Gloucester were full of confidence after breaking their duck and reduced the gap to six points shortly before the break as Taylor converted his own try in the 37th minute.

Evans increased the gap to 12 points after the break with two penalties, but Gloucester responded as Simpson-Daniel scored his second try of the match to make it 26-19 with 18 minutes left.

The fourth successful penalty from Evans kept Quins 10 points ahead, but Tim Molenaar slashed the advantage in half with his try four minutes from full-time.

In a dramatic finish Gloucester snuck in their fifth try through Tom Voyce to level matters at 29-29. Tim Taylor stepped up to take the crucial conversion and made no mistake as he slotted it to give the visitors the victory.

Final Score Harlequins 29 (20) Gloucester 31 (14)


Tries – Evans (2), Percival
Pen – Evans (4)
Con – Evans

Tries – Simpson-Daniel (2), Taylor, Molenaar, Voyce
Con – Taylor (3)


Harlequins:15 Mike Brown (c), 14 George Lowe, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Josh Drauniniu, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 Tom Guest, 7 Neil McMillan, 6 Chris York, 5 Lewis Stevenson, 4 James Percival, 3 John Andress, 2 Matt Cairns, 1 Ceri Jones.

Replacements:16 Chris Brooker, 17 Aston Croall, 18 James Johnston, 19 Tomas Vallejos, 20 Luke Wallace, 21 Steve So’oialo, 22 Waisea Luveniyali, 23 Ross Chisholm.

Gloucester:15 Charlie Sharples, 14 Tom Voyce, 13 Tim Molenaar, 12 Lesley Vainikolo, 11 Semi Tadulala, 10 Tim Taylor, 9 Dave Lewis, 8 Luke Narraway (c), 7 Andrew Hazell, 6 Peter Buxton, 5 Will James, 4 Adam Eustace, 3 Rupert Harden, 2 Darren Dawidiuk, 1 Pierre Capdevielle.

Replacements:16 Olivier Azam, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Greg Somerville, 19 Alex Brown, 20 Apo Satala, 21 Andy Williams, 22 Nicky Robinson, 23 James Simpson-Daniel

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