A storming try scoring display from full back Sam Edgerley and twin touchdowns from both skipper Henry Staff and right-wing Alex Lewington eased the Regional Academies team to a comfortable win over the touring Australian Schools squad at Hartpury Colledge this afternoon (Wednesday).
The U19 Academies side, drawn from the 14 England Rugby Academies scored six tries in all and had the game in the bag after an hour leading 31-5.
It's the third success for home teams in a week against the tourists following on from last Sundays Regional Academies win at Lymm and Wednesday's England U18 victory.
England's U20 Head Coach Mark Mapletoft who also coached the Regional Academies side was extremely pleased with his sides performance saying:
"It was a very clinical performance in certain aspects. The attitude the players turned up with was superb, they wanted to keep the ball alive and play rugby. The conditions were not great and it was very greasy but they showed a lot of endeavour."
But he also added:
"There was one or two areas where we needed to sharpen up on and, in particular, our pick and go was not the best, but, for a side that had only come together in the last 24 hours and had only about an hours training, it was a good performance."
They took the lead after just six minutes when left-wing Earl Collins opened up the visitors defence for the first time.
Fly-half Sam Stanley couldn't add the extra points but didn't miss with his second conversion attempt after right-wing Alex Lewington had intercepted a visitors pass and sprinted the length of the pitch for a 25th minute touchdown.
Three minutes later they had pulled away even further to open up a 19-5 gap after man of the match Sam Edgerley had ripped open the visitors defence and Stanley had again kicked the bonus points.
"Sam did very well," admitted Mapletoft. "Overall his positioning was good and his speed off the mark was special along with his game awareness."
With wing Alex Lewington grabbing a fourth and his second on 35 minutes the Regional Academies men took a commanding 24-5 lead into the second-half while it took another 20 minutes before Staff, leading from the front, finally forced his way over for try number five, again embellished by Stanley.
Although the visitors finally pulled one back through lock Curtis Browning it was Staff who rounded off a fine individual display to see his side to a comfortable win.
On Saturday (19th) it will be the turn of the England Academies team to face the tourists in their final tour match when the two sides clash at Cinderford RFC, 2pm.
Paul Alo-Emile (QLD), Curtis Browning (QLD), Jack De Guingand (VIC), Rodney Esekia(VIC), Joel Faulkner (QLD), Chris Feauai (QLD), Tyson Frizell (NSW), Matthew Garland (QLD), Liam Gill (QLD - c), Kyle Godwin (WA), Angus Hamilton (VIC), Marcus Heather (NSW), Matthew Ika (QLD), Luke Jones (NSW), Jack Kimmance (QLD), Tom Kingston (NSW), Matt Lucas (QLD), Ross Marias (QLD), Nathan Paila (VIC), Greg Peterson (NSW), Hugh Roach (NSW), Rohan Saifoloi (QLD), Scott Sio (NSW), Kimani Sitauti (QLD), Nic Stirzaker (NSW), Jordan Taupoo (QLD), Joe Welsh (NSW), Jacob Woodhouse (NSW).
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Having named an unchanged starting XV for the past three Aviva Premiership games, Gloucester Rugby ring the changes and retain only five players for Thursday's visit of Stade Rochelais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 7:45pm).
Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees praised his side's character after their comeback win against Bristol on Saturday. The Cherry and Whites overcame a 6-0 half time deficit to eventually win the game 26-18 and secure a bonus point victory.