Gloucester trio Jonny May, Billy Twelvetrees and Ben Morgan were on international duty over the weekend and helped England chalk up their first RBS Six Nations win of the campaign with a regulation 20-0 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.
With the Murrayfield surface coming in for plenty of scrutiny, the pitch acted as a leveler between the two teams. In truth, England were dominant in all facets of the game and will be disappointed not to have notched up more points in the mud.
May and Twelvetrees were starters in an unchanged 23 named by Head Coach Stuart Lancaster and both again looked at home on the international stage.
England opened the scoring as scrum half Danny Care dropped a goal and with conditions under foot difficult, Owen Farrell was finding his radar tough to discover from the tee.
The first try came at the end of the first quarter, a rolling maul and good continuity through the phases went close and centre Luther Burrell cut a delicious line to power over for his second try on his second appearance.
As Scotland huffed and puffed with big carries, England were content to play the territory and through the boot of Farrell went in at half time 13-0 to the good.
The conditions underfoot were not ideal for running rugby and the English backs were trying hard to unleash their pace and the signs were looking good. May, especially was finding space and was impressing with a number of searing breaks and elusive running. Twelvetrees was impressive in defence and was giving his backs plenty of front-foot ball to attack from.
The second try did come and it came from the left wing, with May making the initial break, the ball was recycled and Jack Nowell showed good strength to break the tackle of Matt Scott and feed Mike Brown who crossed for his second England try and put the result in no doubt.
At 20-0 up, England were unloading the bench and after earning penalty after penalty close to the line, but they couldn't cross the brave defending from the hosts. The steady stream of replacements was halting any momentum England could build up but in truth the game was done and dusted and petered out in the quagmire.
From a Gloucester point of view, the trio showed again their comfort on the international stage and for England, bigger tests lie ahead in wait when the competition restarts in a fortnight's time where the Red Rose will be looking to make home advantage count against Ireland.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
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Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
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Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.
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