Worcester had their first chance for points when James Brown lined up a kick straight from the re-start after Gloucester were penalised for not releasing the ball. The stand-off put his kick wide.
Gloucester had a penalty on halfway but continued to play with the advantage and kicked ahead. Possession was lost, but play wasn't brought back, and Worcester made the most of it. As they kicked ahead, they won Gloucester line-out ball and had a penalty kick at goal that Brown slotted.
(11-3 to Glos)
Worcester started to make in-roads into the Gloucester half as former Kingsholm full-back Thinus Delport caused difficulties with a powerful and well angled run. Macleod-Henderson was in support as they took play up to the 22.
Fanolua stole ball from Hinshelwood as the Worcester wing broke from his own 22 after Delport had done well under the high ball. Boer passed it wide but Gomarsall's kick ahead was wasted.
Gloucester won turn-over ball as Rasmussen lost it in the tackle on the home side's 22. Buxton drove it back upfield, off-loading to Henry Paul. His perfect pass put McRae into space as they countered out of their own 22. Kiole took it on before possession was lost at the breakdown, but only after the play had taken the ball 50 metres up-field.
Worcester were awarded the foot-in and the Gloucester pack destroyed their scrum to win turn-over ball on the visitor's 22.
The ball came out and Fanolua charged into the Worcester half-backs, and the ball was kicked ahead. WOrcester scrum -half Matt Powell took a while to clear and Gomarsall was on hand, with his charge down, for his second poacher's score in two weeks. Paul converted superbly.
(18-3 to Glos)
Mefin Davies was superb clearing up messy ball on the floor giving McRae the space to launch some inch-perfect kicks to drive Worcester back into their own 22. Brown stole Warriors' set-piece possession. Gloucester kept the ball in the forwards and Gomarsall waited and waited. The ball came out to Paul, then Boer, before Gomarsall was impeded, and with Spreadbury's arm up, McRae went for the drop and extended the lead (36 mins).
(21-3 to Glos)
Mefin Davies, the smallest forward in the Gloucester pack, stole Worcester line-out and the forwards drove up-field. McRae's clearance was charged down by Macleod-Henderson just inside his own half. Rasmussen was in support and Worcester caught Gloucester unawares and spread it wide, but a knock-on saved Gloucester from any score as half time approached.
The Gloucester pack was turned at the foot-in and then penalised as Spreadbury handed Worcester a scoring opportunity on the stroke of half time. Brown took it and added to Worcester's score.
(21-6 to Glos)
Half time: Gloucester 21 Worcester 6
Worcester won a penalty as Kiole returned a Brown kick despite a Warriors player being on the wrong side. Play was halted as Gloucester's medical staff looked after Andy Hazell who had gone down. He hobbled back to play to the applause of the crowd.
During the break former Leeds lock Phil Murphy came on for Collier in Worcester's second row.
Worcester went to touch with the kick on half-way, but lost possession and Gloucester had the foot-in.
Before the scrum, Hazell was finally replaced, with Mark Cornwell coming on. Hazell had picked up a knock to his leg. Buxton moved to the back-row and Boer to open-side.
Gloucester were let off when Gomarsall's quick line-out put Henry Paul into difficulties as he found himself isolated. Worcester won turn-over ball and passed it out wide from half-way, but Pieters knocked on as he moved into the 22. Gloucester then won a penalty from the scrum and McRae cleared.
From the line-out Brown won possession, Gomarsall passed to McRae, then Paul, and then Fanolua who chipped ahead, and Delport knocked-on giving Gloucester possession.
From the scrum the ball came flying out wide with the entire back line involved and Kiole was pulled up just short again. But Spreadbury blew his whistle for an altercation on the far side that involved a number of players from both sides, but more specifically Vickery and van Nierkerk, who both saw yellow. The penalty also went to Worcester, but they lost possession as Pat Sanderson threw in.
Bezuidenhout and Hall came on as front row replacements with Macleod-Henderson and Boer sacrificed.
Worcester got another penalty that Brown lined up for the posts and was successful.
(21-9 to Glos)
A good kick ahead from Pieters saw Worcester pin Gloucester back in their own 22.
Worcester continued the pressure as they spun the ball out wide on half way to Rasmussen and then Hinshelwood. Powell maintained the momentum with a chip ahead that Goodridge fielded well, but Worcester had the scrum five metres out. The Gloucester pack stood up well and won the foot-in and then a penalty to clear their lines and relieve the pressure that the visitors were building.
The players returned to the field as the sin-bin period ended.
The two sides exchanged kicks and Worcester's Lombard was the first to slip-up as he knocked on just outside his own 22.
Forrester came on for Buxton.
Gloucester made the most of their opportunity when Paul passed to Kiole just inside the Worcester half on the inside channel. Balding took it on, followed by Cornwell. Gomarsall recycled to McRae, who slipped, but Paul then took it on with a lovely step inside to take him away from the rushing Worcester defence. Sigley was screaming for the ball on his inside and Paul off-loaded with an under arm pass and the loose-head dived over for the score. Paul converted.
(28-9 to Glos)
Worcester didn't give up. Powell made good metres from the re-start and then a Delport kick gave them great set-piece position. Their forwards took the ball on and Rasmussen barged into the Gloucester defence. They won another penalty in front of the posts, and opted for the scrum. Gillies drove from the ruck and was picked up and tackled back to give Gloucester possession at a scrum.
Just like in the first game back in October, Worcester threw everything at the Gloucester defence in the final minutes.
McRae came off with Mauger replacing him.
Powell grabbed a try from Worcester after Gloucester failed to clear their lines or make the most of possession at set-pieces. Brown converted.
Final Score: Gloucester 28 Worcester 16
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