Gloucester too strong for Harlequins

Date published: February 13 2016

Gloucester delivered a dominant display before securing a deserved 28-6 victory over Harlequins at Kingsholm on Saturday.

James Hook was pivotal to the hosts' success, his personal tally of 18 helping beat a Quins side depleted by international call-ups.

The victory means Gloucester have won back-to-back games for the first time this campaign. 

Hook got the hosts off to a great start, his third minute try to the left of the posts came from a scrum, and added the extras himself. Nick Evans reduced the deficit for Quins with a penalty following sustained pressure from the visitors, but the seven point gap was quickly restored, offside in the maul leading to Evans kicking three points.

Hook extended his personal tally even further almost immediately, kicking a second penalty, given for a yellow card offence by Ross Chisholm. 

The opening quarter was dominated by two players, and Evans scored his side's second penalty of the day, making it 13-6. Gloucester got a second try of the day, this time through Ben Morgan, who went over the whitewash after superb build up play from his team-mates. 

Hook kicked the two points, taking his personal tally to 15, before scoring a penalty on the brink of half-time, which meant the Cherry and Whites led 23-6 at the break. 

The hosts looked to start the second half where they left the first, with Hook unable to kick a penalty, a rare error from the versatile Welshman. 

Billy Burns thought he had extended the lead for Gloucester less than ten minutes into the second period, but a forward pass was made in the build-up, and the effort was chalked off. 

Just as it looked like it was to be a scoreless second period, Steve McColl going over in the corner, ending any chance of Quins taking something from the contest. Hook's missed conversion was the last noticeable action of the game.

The scorers:

For Gloucester
Tries: Hook, Morgan, McColl
Cons: Hook 2
Pens: Hook 3

For Harlequins:
Pens: Evans 2
Yellow card: Chisholm

Gloucester: 15 Billy Burns, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Billy Meakes, 12 Billy Twelvetrees (c), 11 Steve McColl, 10 James Hook, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Mariano Galarza, 4 Tom Savage, 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Paddy McAllister
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 Paul Doran-Jones, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Jacob Rowan, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Mark Atkinson, 23 Rob Cook

Harlequins: 15 Ross Chisholm, 14 Marland Yrade, 13 Matt Hopper, 12 Harry Sloan, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Nick Evans (c), 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Mat Luamanu, 7 Dave Ward, 6 Luke Wallace, 5 James Horwill, 4 George Merrick, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Mark Lambert
Replacements: 16 James Chisholm, 17 Owen Evans, 18 Will Collier, 19 Charlie Matthews, 20 Ben Botica, 21 Calum Waters, 22 Winston Stanley, 23 Tim Swiel

Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Paul Burton, Simon McConnell
TMO: David Grashoff