Tuesday 16 October 2018

Gloucester warm up with Irish scalp

Tom Marshall of Gloucester dives to score a try during the Aviva Premiership match between London Irish and Gloucester Rugby at the Madejski Stadium last weekend. Photo: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images
Tom Marshall of Gloucester dives to score a try during the Aviva Premiership match between London Irish and Gloucester Rugby at the Madejski Stadium last weekend. Photo: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Daragh Small

Declan Kidney and Les Kiss were unable to take down Connacht's Challenge Cup quarter-final opponents last weekend, and Gloucester's win at London Irish has lifted their challenge ahead of the Sportsground tomorrow.

Gloucester came out of the game relatively unscathed with influential centre Henry Trinder shaking off an ankle injury, while wing Tom Marshall scored two tries, and there was also a try each for James Hanson, Lewis Ludlow and Mark Atkinson.

The win means Gloucester are sixth in the table and the west country club have won 10 of their 18 games this season, and secured seven try bonus points along the way.

Gloucester have won the Challenge Cup twice in their history with victories over London Irish in 2005-06, and Edinburgh three years ago.

But they did not finish top of their pool in the Challenge Cup this season. French outfit Pau finished first in Pool 3 with six wins from six outings. They beat Gloucester 27-21 and 34-24.

But with four wins against lowly Zebre and Agen, Gloucester squeezed through and they are now on the brink of the Challenge Cup semi-finals as they make the difficult trip to the Sportsground.

Connacht have faced some desperate defeats at the hands of Gloucester in Kingsholm in recent years. They lost 14-7 in a Challenge Cup quarter-final there in 2015.

Irish Independent

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