Friday 20 April 2018

Huge test for Gloucester against rivals

(Stock image)
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Declan Rooney

Gloucester underlined their Challenge Cup credentials with a 25-25 draw at Kingsholm against Wasps last week, but a share of the spoils was a heartbreaking outcome for the Cherry and Whites.

The points looked to be going to the home side after Henry Trinder's 70th-minute try was converted by Billy Twelvetrees for a late lead, but Christian Wade gave Wasps hope with an 80th-minute try, while Jimmy Gopperth's conversion with the last kick of the game gave the Coventry outfit a share of the spoils.

Early on, a try from Richard Hibbard was followed by an exchange of penalties from Twelvetrees and Gopperth, but Charlie Sharples's try five minutes from the interval put Gloucester in control at the break.

It was an impressive fightback from Wasps after the restart though and they probably deserved at least a draw from their trip west. Dan Robson crossed for their first try four minutes after the sin-binning of Paddy McAllister, while Thomas Young claimed their second 13 minutes from time.

Trinder looked like being the hero of The Shed with his try, but there was no win for Gloucester, who have now slipped up in their last two games.

Tomorrow they will hope that home advantage helps them to victory with Newcastle Falcons their opponents, one of the two sides that leapfrogged Gloucester last weekend in the standings.

Irish Independent

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