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Four-star Gloucester just unable to complete unlikely comeback at Wasps

By Nick_Purewal  |  Posted: February 17, 2013

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FOUR-TRY Gloucester could not quite steal victory with a compelling late rally at the end of an absorbing Premiership thriller.

Wasps were in control at 33-17 with eight minutes to play when Nicky Robinson slotted a penalty.

But then Gloucester pulled two tries from the fire.

First Ryan Mills bundled over after a maul and a series of tight drives – two in about 20 seconds from Sione Kalamafoni.

And then Charlie Sharples raced home with just a minute left on the clock.

Martyn Thomas somehow evaded three would-be tacklers, squeezing through a gap that did not exist, before drawing the defence and popping a neat pass to the onrushing Sharples.

Mike Tindall’s rushed conversion attempt went wide – but he had hurried to give his side a chance of stealing victory, to beat the clock.

Try as they might though, Gloucester could not force an improbable turnaround.

The Cherry and Whites kept the ball alive in smart phase-play for four minutes with the time clock totally out and the game in its last play.

But they were unable to force a breakthrough, and Wasps held on for victory.

Dan Robson’s try after Akapusi Qera’s break and a Rob Cook penalty had put Gloucester in the match at half-time.

Wasps had Ashley Johnson’s power-based try and two Stephen Jones penalties and a conversion to thank for their 13-10 lead at the turnaround.

After the break Gloucester drew first blood – captain Tindall exploiting cheap defence to go over for a try.

But then Wasps found a way to link their big brutes with their rapid-fire fliers.

Christian Wade pounced after Gloucester capitulated on their own scrum hall, the impish speed man flying home from halfway.

Then Billy Vunipola stole home for his side’s third try.

And when ex-Gloucester man Robinson slotted that penalty with eight minutes to play, the Adams Park crowd thought the contest was done and dusted.

But that was without reckoning on a spirited and furious comeback that speaks volumes once again on Gloucester’s resilience under Nigel Davies.

So Wasps won this latest top-four battle.

But after claiming six match points from two away trips to Northampton and the Wycombe men, Gloucester will be rightly relatively pleased with their return.

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  • Roon77  |  February 17 2013, 7:23PM

    Harden is the best tight head at Gloucester by a mile.

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  • Steve_George  |  February 17 2013, 7:22PM

    Harden is a superb tighthead and had a marvellous game today, just as he has had all season.

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  • ostronskygreg  |  February 17 2013, 7:20PM

    Our scrum is always underpowered when Harden isn't in there propping.

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  • Deadeye_Glaws  |  February 17 2013, 7:19PM

    Rupert harden = Top man = Top tight head = Gloucester Rugby's first choice tight head

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  • Drusus  |  February 17 2013, 7:18PM

    Well done to Rupert Harden for putting in another brilliant display today.

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  • SimonGray  |  February 17 2013, 7:16PM

    It was good to see Rupert Harden delivering another excellent display of tight head propping yet again today and for another 80 minutes. Nigel Davies can spend his money elsewhere next season because Harden has proved he doesn't need a back up.

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  • jasonbennett3  |  February 17 2013, 7:13PM

    Let's face it, Gloucester's scrum is never the same without Rupert Harden anchoring it. Nigel Davies knows that which is why he (and not the clueless multi-identitied troll aDjango_G/DumbandDumber20/jonno2010/akadau/flanker_6/etc.) selects Harden to start in the tough, critical games.

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  • Dave_Baldwin  |  February 17 2013, 7:12PM

    Our top rated tight head, Harden, really turned on the style today for another full 80 minutes (obviously the troll Django_G/DumbandDumber20/jonno2010/akadau/flanker_6 never saw it as he never goes to any Gloucester games). Harden makes selection for the starting tight head position so easy for Nigel Davies.

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  • walker1105  |  February 17 2013, 7:09PM

    Another marvellous performance from Harden. You had to be there to see it which Django_G aka DumbandDumber20 obviously wasn't. He was tucked up in his little room at his home for desperate lonely old men, just as he always is at the weekend watching wendyball.

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  • Hinchcliffe33  |  February 17 2013, 7:07PM

    That's odd, no sign of the wendyball supporting troll dumbanddumber20 (aka Django_G) last weekend and, lo and behold, he turns up using the two identities in minutes of each other. That because he is the same old wendyball supporting troll that hates Gloucester Rugby. #Rupert Harden is the first choice and best tight head at Gloucester Rugby.

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