London Wasps edge Gloucester

Gloucester suffered another home defeat and slipped further down the Premiership
standings when they lost 30-32 to London Wasps at Kingsholm.

Prior to this result Wasps most recent away victory in the Premiership was
a 17-16 victory against Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop in February.

A brace of tries from England wiinger Christian Wade along with tries from
Nathan Hughes and Guy Thompson saw Wasps claim their first win at Kingsholm
since 2009.

Shaun Knight, Sione Kalamafoni and two scores from Rob Cook ensured that Gloucester
however earned two losing bonus points.

Wasps dominated the opening stages and winger Wade demonstrated his lightning
pace as he gathered the ball on halfway, before seeing off the challenge of
Cook to touch down from 50 metres out.

Andy Goode slotted the extras and the visitors were further ahead soon after
as Hughes executed a one on one on the blind-side after a poor scrum by Gloucester
in their own 22.

Goode kicked the conversion once again before a Freddie Burns penalty finally
got Gloucester on the scoreboard.

The Cherry and Whites grew in confidence and they reduced Wasps’ lead to just
four points with a bizarre try, as Knight touched down after an outrageous flick
from the boot of Andy Hazell.

Burns made it a seven-point play with the conversion before Goode kicked a penalty
minutes before the break to give Wasps a seven-point lead.

Gloucester flew out of the blocks in the second half and they scored with a
move straight from the training ground as Kalamafoni trundled over the try-line
from a smart lineout move.

Centre Ryan Mills thought he had put Gloucester in front as he fought off the
tackle of Carlo Festuccia to barge up to the try-line, but the TMO ruled that
he failed to ground the ball.

Burns and Goode traded penalty kicks as the game ticked into the final quarter
as Wasps clung on to their two point advantage.

England fly-half Burns then rattled the posts with a penalty attempt eight minutes
from time but Gloucester were alert to the rebound and Cook crossed over the
whitewash to put the host back in front.

But Wasps regained the lead almost immediately from the restart as replacement
Jimmy Cowan fumbled the ball to allow Thompson to run in his side’s third try.

Goode nailed the conversion and Wasps finally closed the game out as Wade evaded
a number of tackles to touch down for his second try of the match, securing
a vital bonus point for the visitors.

Cook had the final say on matters as he touched down, which Burns duly converted,
with the final play of the match to earn Nigel Davies’ men two points.

Final Score Gloucester 30 (10) London Wasps 32 (17)

Scorers

Gloucester
Tries: Knight, Kalamafoni, Cook 2
Cons: Burns 2
Pens: Burns 2

London Wasps
Tries: Wade 2, Hughes, Thompson
Cons: Goode 3
Pens: Goode 2

Match Officials
Referee:
J P Doyle (68th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick and Gareth Copsey.
TMO: Rowan Kitt.

Teams

Gloucester

Rob Cook; James Simpson-Daniel, Henry Trinder, Ryan Mills, Jonny May; Freddie Burns, Dan Robson; Yann Thomas, Huia Edmonds, Shaun Knight; Will James, James Hudson; Tom Savage (capt), Andy Hazell, Sione Kalamafoni

Replacements : Darren Dawidiuk, James Gibbons, Rupert Harden, Elliott Stooke, Gareth Evans, Jimmy Cowan, Charlie Sharples, Matt Kvesic

London Wasps

15. Elliot Daly , 14. Christian Wade , 13. Chris Bell (c) , 12. Charlie Hayter , 11. Josh Basse

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