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Gloucester secure victory over London Irish: Match updates

By lauracfell  |  Posted: December 29, 2013

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GLOUCESTER's tenacity paid off - the Cherry and Whites secured a 22-19 victory over London Irish at the Madejski Stadium.

Irish out-scored Gloucester three tries to one, but it was the boot of Billy Twelvetrees that secured victory for the visitors.

Twelvetrees kicked four penalties and successfully converted winger Jonny May's try, before under-fire Fredde Burns came on deep into the second half and took over kicking duties.

Though he missed a drop goal attempt in the final minute, he successfully kicked one penalty over to add to the points haul.

It was a solid performance from the Cherry and Whites despite a spirited comeback from Irish in the second half thanks to two tries from centre Eamonn Sheridan, but Gloucester ensured the spoils went home to Kingsholm.

Gloucester led London Irish 16-7 at halftime, after a Jonny May try in the 28th minute and three penalties from the boot of Billy Twelvetrees.

Irish scored a try after just 63 seconds, as Fergus Mulchrone went over, with Ian Humprehys adding the extras.

Sheridan scored a try in the 60th minute, but Humphreys conversion sailed wide, before the centre scored again in the 73rd minute with Shane Geraghty adding the extras.

But the replacement kicker got a penalty attempt wrong with just three minutes left on the clock, and Irish's hopes of at least a draw were gone.

A 12-6 derby victory at Kingsholm over Worcester last weekend elevated Gloucester to ninth in the league,and they remain in this position after today's victory. Meanwhile Irish have slipped to 11th after just two wins this season.

Director of Rugby Nigel Davies kept his faith in the XV who defeated Worcester, but hooker Darren Dawidiuk has since had to pull out with injury (knee), with Huia Edmonds replacing him in the front row.

Gloucester Rugby:

Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Mike Tindall, Jonny May; Billy Twelvetrees (capt), Jimmy Cowan; Nick Wood, Huia Edmonds, Sila Puafisi; Elliott Stooke, James Hudson; Matt Cox, Matt Kvesic, Ben Morgan

Replacements:

Koree Britton, Yann Thomas, Shaun Knight, Will James, Gareth Evans, Dan Robson, Freddie Burns, Martyn Thomas

London Irish:

James O'Connor, Topsy Ojo, Fergus Mulchrone, Eamonn Sheridan, Alex Lewington, Ian Humphreys, Tomás O'Leary, Matt Parr, Jimmy Stevens, CJ Van Der Linde, George Skivington (c), Ian Gough, Kieran Low, Ofisa Treviranus, Blair Cowan

Replacements: Mike Mayhew, John Yapp, Leo Halavatau, Nic Rouse, Jebb Sinclair, Andrew Fenby, Shane Geraghty, Ed Hoadley

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  • Curt_Downe  |  December 30 2013, 11:31AM

    Harden has had a storming season. It is no wonder he is selected to start the most games of all the front row forwards. And not just any old games. It is the key games where you need your best players.

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  • greg_walsh  |  December 30 2013, 11:28AM

    Harden has been an absolute star this season. He deserves an early contract renewal for the great effort he has put in this season.

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  • Conrad-SeIby  |  December 30 2013, 11:26AM

    Harden = Top Man = Top tighthead.

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  • Geraldo  |  December 30 2013, 11:24AM

    Harden = Gloucester Rugby's first choice tight head. No doubt about it!

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  • CrunchieMan  |  December 30 2013, 11:18AM

    Laughing at the clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll shedheadNEVER aka gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20 pretending that he knows anything about rugby or that he is remotely interested in Gloucester Rugby. He is getting so upset because his "partner" has sprung a leak and Halfords isn't open so that he can get a puncture repair kit. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

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  • David_Baldwin  |  December 30 2013, 11:16AM

    Nigel Davies knows that Harden is his top tight head; everyone else knows that Rupҽrt Hardҽn is the best tight head at Glaws. The only one who thinks otherwise and thinks he is better than Nigel Davies is the troll shedheadNOTAGLAWSSUPPORTER/gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20 etc.

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  • Curt_Downe  |  December 30 2013, 11:15AM

    shedheadNOTAGLOUCESTERSUPPORTER aka dopey-lerone/dumbanddumber20 is upset because he has been found out using another of his Gloucester Rugby hating troll identities. Now he is on his big-baby anti-Rupҽrt Hardҽn mega-rant just because Harden has proved him so wrong time after time with his brilliant displays of tight head rugby.

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  • TuffleyRader  |  December 30 2013, 11:10AM

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Laugh at the useless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating shedheadNOTAGLOUCESTERSUPPORTER aka shedheadNEVER aka gloslover-not or DumbAndDumber20 or dopey_lerone if he prefers. He is soooo upset that he has been found out with his latest identity. He knows absolutely nothing about rugby union, sat in his sad home for sad lonely old men.

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  • TuffleyRader  |  December 29 2013, 4:02PM

    Idiotic question of the year from the multi-ID troll NOT-A-shedhead2011. Burns is a Gloucester player until the end of the season at least. But what would the troll NOT-A-shedhead know about rugby union.

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  • greg_walsh  |  December 29 2013, 3:58PM

    Well done to Gloucester Rugby for grinding out the win but we really struggled in the scrum as usual without our best and most talented tight head, Rupҽrt Hardҽn. But it wasn't just in the scrum where we struggled without Harden. The team really needed the power that he brings to the ruck and maul too, and his general open play.

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