Planet Rugby

Sale blown away by Gloucester

24th November 2012 13:50

Share:

Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees taking it up

Taking it up: Billy Twelvetrees

Gloucester bounced back from their Round 8 loss to Quins by powering past Sale Sharks in a 29-3 Aviva Premiership victory at Kingsholm.

Five Freddie Burns' penalties gave the Cherry and Whites a 15-3 lead at the interval, with the visitors' sole score coming through Danny Cipriani's three-pointer. And the win was rubber-stamped in the second half through Akapusi Qera's touchdown and a penalty try.

Despite a dreadful run, which culminated in the demotion of Bryan Redpath to head coach, Sale have built some confidence in recent weeks. However, they are still entrenched at the bottom of the table and they fell behind early on at Kingsholm.

Burns opened the scoring with a penalty before he added another after 11 minutes which gave the hosts an early 6-0 lead. The fly-half has been in impressive form so far this season leading to a call-up to the England squad as injury cover.

And two further three-pointers through Sharks' ill-discipline allowed Gloucester to build that advantage. It was becoming repetitive as the former age-grade star kicked another from the tee.

Towards the end of the half, Sale finally managed to cut out the mistakes and ascertain a certain element of control.

When the home side were penalised at the breakdown, Cipriani converted the resultant opportunity to give them hope going into the second half.

The visitors were much brighter after the break and had several chances to reduce the arrears but often the final pass let them down. They were duly punished for their profligacy by a clinical Gloucester outfit when Qera crossed the whitewash.

A dominant scrum from the hosts ended in Luke Pearce awarding a penalty try which means the Sharks remain rooted at the foot of the Premiership.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:
Tries: Qera, Penalty
Con: Burns 2
Pen: Burns 5

For Sale Sharks:
Pen: Cipriani

Gloucester: 15 Rob Cook, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Mike Tindall, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Shane Monahan, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Akapusi Qera, 6 Tom Savage, 5 Jim Hamilton (capt), 4 Will James, 3 Rupert Harden, 2 Huia Edmonds, 1 Dan Murphy.
Replacements: 16 Koree Britton, 17 Nick Wood, 18 Shaun Knight, 19 Peter Buxton, 20 Matt Cox, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Tim Molenaar, 23 Martyn Thomas.

Sale Sharks: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Charlie Amesbury, 13 Will Addison, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 Andy Powell, 7 David Seymour (capt), 6 Richie Vernon, 5 Kearnan Myall, 4 Fraser McKenzie, 3 Tony Buckley, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Ross Harrison.
Replacements: 16 Joe Ward, 17 Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 18 Vadim Cobilas, 19 Tom Holmes, 20 James Gaskell, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Nick Macleod, 23 Cameron Shepherd.

Referee: Luke Pearce
Assistant referees: Stuart Terheege, Ashley Rowden
Television match official: Trevor Fisher
Timekeeper: Matthew Peters
Assessor: Paul Bridgman

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 26
Waratahs vs BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Preview
Crusaders vs SharksCrusaders vs Sharks Preview
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 19
Brumbies 32 - 30 ChiefsBrumbies vs Chiefs Report
Sharks 31 - 27 HighlandersSharks vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 12
Crusaders 34 - 8 HighlandersCrusaders vs Highlanders Report
Reds 3 - 34 WaratahsReds vs Waratahs Report
Lions 60 - 25 CheetahsLions vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 10 - 34 SharksStormers vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 11
Blues 8 - 11 ChiefsBlues vs Chiefs Report
Brumbies 47 - 25 Western ForceBrumbies vs Western Force Report
Bulls 40 - 7 Melbourne RebelsBulls vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Sunday , July 6
Waratahs 44 - 16 HighlandersWaratahs vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 5
Crusaders 21 - 13 BluesCrusaders vs Blues Report
Western Force 30 - 20 RedsWestern Force vs Reds Report
Stormers 16 - 0 BullsStormers vs Bulls Report
Cheetahs 27 - 20 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 4
Chiefs 24 - 16 HurricanesChiefs vs Hurricanes Report
Lions 34 - 17 Melbourne RebelsLions vs Melbourne Rebels Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 28
South Africa 55 - 6 ScotlandSouth Africa vs Scotland Report
More International Match results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 16 - 9 CrusadersHurricanes vs Crusaders Report
Waratahs 39 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Western Force 14 - 40 BluesWestern Force vs Blues Report
Friday , June 27
Highlanders 29 - 25 ChiefsHighlanders vs Chiefs Report
Melbourne Rebels 20 - 36 RedsMelbourne Rebels vs Reds Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 21
Australia 39 - 13 FranceAustralia vs France Report
South Africa 31 - 30 WalesSouth Africa vs Wales Report
New Zealand 36 - 13 EnglandNew Zealand vs England Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00