Gloucester run riot

Date published: January 7 2017

Gloucester ran in seven tries for a comprehensive 55-19 win over Worcester Warriors in the Premiership on Saturday.

David Humphreys' men moved into an early 17-0 lead through Jonny May and Scott tries before the Midlanders hit back when Cooper Vuna went over. The Cherry and Whites restored their 17-point buffer via Jacob Rowan's well taken score and Billy Burns added a penalty in the second period. 

John Afoa then sealed the bonus-point and, with the win secured, Charlie Sharples and Scott touched down. Worcester did go over twice late on with Tevita Cavubati and Alafoti Fa'osiliva, scores which sandwiched Josh Hohneck's effort. 

Gloucester have been inconsistent this season and that was shown in their home defeat to Northampton last weekend, but they displayed very little fallibility against Worcester. They dominated from the start, going three points up via Greig Laidlaw's penalty before May touched down after the hosts went through the phases. 

Turnover ball then resulted in a second try as May scampered down the left-hand side and passed to Scott, who crossed the whitewash unopposed. Even at that point, it appeared as though the game was finished as a contest, but Carl Hogg's side hit back when Vuna went on a mazy run, stepped two defenders and scored. 

However, the hosts regained their comfortable advantage by the break, attacking Worcester's flimsy midfield defence and going over through Rowan. Burns made it 27-7 at the start of the second period and the try bonus-point was secured on the hour after prop Afoa showed excellent pace to finish. 

Sharples and Scott took Gloucester to just shy of the 50-point mark before Cavubati touched down from close range. Hohneck did eventually get the Cherry and Whites past the half-century, but the Warriors had the final word as Fa'osiliva powered over.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:
Tries: May, Scott 2, Rowan, Afoa, Sharples, Hohneck
Cons: Laidlaw 3, Twelvetrees 4
Pens: Laidlaw, Burns

For Worcester:
Tries: Vuna, Cavubati, Faosiliva
Cons: Mills 2

Gloucester: 15 James Hook, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Jonny May, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Jacob Rowan, 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Jeremy Thrush, 4 Tom Savage, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Josh Hohneck
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Paddy McAllister, 18 John Afoa, 19 Joe Latta, 20 Lewis Ludlow, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Andy Symons, 23 Henry Purdy

Worcester: 15 Jamie Shillcock, 14 Dean Hammond, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Jackson Willison, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Ryan Mills, 9 Michael Dowsett, 8 Phil Dowson (c), 7 Sam Lewis, 6 Alafoti Faosiliva, 5 Darren Barry, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Val Rapava Ruskin
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Will Spencer, 20 Tevita Cavubati, 21 Marco Mama, 22 Luke Baldwin, 23 Ben Howard

Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Thomas Foley, Luke Pearce
TMO: David Sainsbury