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Charlie Sharples wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Bristol game

1873 News

18 September 2018

Duncan Wood

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Callum Braley, Gerbrandt Grobler and Simon Devereux (c) Martin Bennett/ Gloucester Rugby

Gloucester Rugby clinched their second Gallagher Premiership victory of the season with a 35-13 win over Bristol Bears. Charlie Sharples scored two tries, the second of which was his 50th Premiership try and saw him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment.

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Unfortunately, Charlie was indisposed after the game and couldn’t make it up to the Abbey Business Lounge to receive his award from former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux, but was represented by team-mates Callum Braley and Gerbrandt Grobler.

Devs provided the following summary of the game:

“Gloucester showed an impressive reaction in the second half, waking up to deliver a comprehensive bonus point victory. Rarely will you see such a contrast between first and second halves than this match.

“Bristol had clearly studied Gloucester’s recent performances to conclude that keeping the ball in hand for long periods would rattle Gloucester. However, Bristol seemed to take this to the extreme and extend a lot of energy for little reward trying to run from deep as Gloucester’s defence kept them penned down.

“Gloucester seemed hoodwinked by Bristol’s approach as the half wore on, lacking urgency and accuracy. The set piece was inconsistent and sometimes overcomplicated in the lineout. Bristol’s approach to the game seemed to result in Gloucester losing their composure and control, something which had been impressive in earlier games this season.

“Bristol were fortunate not to lose someone to the sin bin approaching half time, as Gloucester pummelled their line having questionably turned down several kicks at goal. A big Bristol scrum forced the turnover and visibly lifted them on half time.

“There will have been some harsh words at half time and the players to their credit reacted superbly, regaining the restart to get on the front foot and score. The renewed aggression and urgency of the forwards at the breakdown meant Bristol could not cope with the intensity.

“Gloucester’s set piece and lineout in particular improved, simplifying the lineout calls to ensure they kept Bristol under pressure with several strong driving mauls. Good driving play from one of these lineouts enabled Gloucester to switch play intelligently for Charlie Sharples to score his second try.

“Gloucester totally dominated the second half to score 32 points without reply. This was testament to Gloucester’s defensive structure and state of mind to keep Bristol out when they threatened.

“There will be some inward reflection on the first half performance but they will take a lot from the reaction of the group at half time. Ultimately Gloucester looked a class above Bristol in securing this win.”

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