Rob Thirlby scored for Gloucester's A team last night
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GLOUCESTER Academy's assistant coach Mark Cornwell was full of praise for his side's effort last night despite a heavy defeat against Wasps.
The Kingsholm club lost 52-12 but Cornwell insisted his side had worked exceptionally hard and had tries from Rob Thirlby and Luke Narraway to show for their efforts.
"We fronted up throughout," Cornwell said. "We worked very, very hard but our worry was that Wasps' strength may tell in the final 10 or 15 minutes and that is exactly what happened.
"They scored three tries in that period but there were positives from our performance. Mark Davies (stand-off) had an outstanding game - he played very, very well. Jack Adams carried ball and so did Adam Balding.
"Narraway stood up out of position in the second row so there is encouragement in certain areas."
Mark Davies is the brother of outside half Brad, who kicked the equalising penalty against Leicester on Saturday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.
Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw is targeting a 'unique' finish to his Gloucester tenure in the European Rugby Challenge Cup final at the venue where his professional playing career began, BT Murrayfield Stadium (Friday 12 May).
Gloucester's young United side once again dug deep to take an illustrious scalp, overturning a half-time deficit to earn a 40-29 victory over Wasps and earn a place in the Aviva Premiership A League final.