v Exeter Chiefs
Dan Thomas (2), Steph Reynolds (2), Sam Showering
v London Irish
Steph Reynolds (2), Callum Braley
v Bath Rugby
Bill Meakes, Callum Braley, Steph Reynolds, Ollie Thorley
Sam Showering, Jacob Rowan, Bill Meakes, Rhodri McAtee, Ollie Thorley, Lloyd Evans, Steph Reynolds, Dan Thomas, Callum Braley, Aled Thomas (c), Henry Purdy, Sam Underhill
The Sevens squad display their trophy and #StayStrongForOws
Scintillating Sevens top pool as rugby returns to Kingsholm
31 July 2014, 10:45 pm ::
Match Report By Tom Burrows
After a busy summer off the pitch, the business returned on it as the Cherry and Whites brushed aside all challengers to make it three wins out of three in the Premiership Rugby 7s.
New faces, new haircuts and new systems were on show, but the packed Kingsholm crowd was treated to a great evening of Sevens from the men in Cherry and White with chief tormentor and man-of-the-round Steph Reynolds to the fore.
Next up, the series final awaits for the holders at The Stoop, and on this form Olly Morgan's men will take some beating.
Gloucester Rugby (17) 29 - 14 (0) Exeter Chiefs
Opening up the evening in the setting sun, the Cherry and Whites made an impressive start against the men from Sandy Park with a bonus point 29-12 win
And one man in particular was to the fore on his first showing at Kingsholm. Academy back rower Dan Thomas earned himself a first half brace with two well taken finishes. The first showing great power to step past the cover and touchdown and then he followed that up with a neat show of pace to tidy up a loose ball.
Gloucester then kept the Chiefs camped in their own half and crossed for a third before the half was up. Steph Reynolds scooted down the five metre channel to notch the third.
Then Reynolds crossed again after the break. With Jacob Rowan bossing the breakdown, the winger with a liking for the Sevens danced his way past the cover to notch Gloucester's fourth and bonus point try.
Sam Showering then picked up number five, capitalizing on a mistake from Chiefs to score simply.
Chiefs then scored an impressive try of their own, Ollie Thorley lost the ball and Jack Faulkner showed a good turn of pace to race away.
The Chiefs then repeated the trick with 30 seconds left on the clock with Tom Dowding picking a smart line to touch down for another consolation score and the final say of game one!
The second game of the evening was a topsy-turvy show as London Irish ran in a pair of late tries to shock Bath Rugby, much to the delight of the sun-drenched masses in Cherry and White.
The quick turnaround then did no favours for the men from The Rec as they went down 33-12 to Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby (7) 17 - 10 (0) London Irish
The Cherry and Whites were then back in action for game four, and it was that man Reynolds again who opened the scoring against London Irish. His try was then cancelled out shortly after half time as a break from England 7s' Mat Turner was finished off by Declan Williams.
Reynolds then took his tally for the night to four with a stunner, fed by Callum Braley the winger applied the jet heels and dived over in the corner.
Braley then got in on the act himself, Aled Thomas broke smartly and swiveled in contact to feed the new scrum-half, one of many new additions sporting the bald headed look, who dived over gleefully.
Irish had the last say through Ollie Curry but after two games, the Cherry and Whites had booked their place in the Series final.
The penultimate game of the evening saw Irish and Chiefs face off for the right to join the hosts and holders at The Stoop next Friday.
It went the Exiles way, a pair of second half tries knocked the stuffing from the spirited Chiefs giving the men in green a 25-5 victory and passport to the Series final.
Gloucester Rugby (7) 24 - 0 (0) Bath Rugby
The final game, and the showpiece of the evening was the West Country derby as the Cherry and Whites closed the night against Bath.
It was an open first half lit up by some sparkling breaks by the Cherry and Whites but it was Bill Meakes who opened the scoring, taking an overlap to stroll over.
Reynolds' super evening was blotted as he was sin binned - perhaps harshly - after a great cover tackle by Braley. But the Cherry and Whites held a 7-0 lead at the break.
The hosts used their experience to ride out the sinbinning of Reynolds with good use of territory and set about putting the game out of doubt.
Bath's only really chance was scuppered as, with men out on their feet, they were caught offside and Gloucester made them pay as Braley took a smart line to dive over superbly.
Reynolds then notched his fifth of the evening after a strong run from Thorley and then the Cheltenham College pupil ran in try number four after a length of the field break.