Freddie Clarke wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Warriors game
3 December 2018
Freddie Clarke’s try against Worcester Warriors clinched the try scoring bonus point and capped a dynamic display by the back rower. His try saw him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment.
Following the game Freddie came into the Abbey Business Lounge alongside team mate Owen WIlliams, and took part in the post match Q&A for 1873 Club Members, hosted by former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux.
Freddie was then presented with the award by Devs, who provided the following summary of the match.
“Gloucester overcame a resilient Worcester side to register an impressive six try bonus point win. There were elements of this game where Gloucester will seek improvement but the quality aspects of their play were clinical.
“The first half was mixed for Gloucester with the opening quarter demonstrating an impressive blend of forward and backs precision. The execution from a rehearsed front peel at a lineout and positional interplay in the backs both inside the opposition ‘22’, delivered two tries and demonstrated the accuracy Gloucester aspire to. During this period Gloucester’s work at the breakdown was equally impressive as they turned over several Worcester positions to generate field position and early dominance.
“Worcester showed tenacity to work their way into the game in the second quarter as Gloucester’s accuracy at the breakdown waivered, enabling Worcester to benefit from several turnovers. The 10-9 score line at half time did not reflect Gloucester’s dominance but served as a warning for the second period.
“The opening five minutes of the second half were scrappy and made for uncomfortable viewing. Gloucester then took hold of the match on six minutes when an excellent driving lineout changed the dynamic, delivering front foot ball for Ollie Thorley to cut a quality inside line and finish well. This set the tone for the second half as Gloucester ran in three further tries before conceding.
“Gloucester’s driving lineout was the dominating feature in the second half and was directly attributable to three tries scored during this period. It kept Worcester on the back foot and enabled Gloucester to maintain field position whilst building a substantial score. Worcester showed their resilience to finish well and Gloucester will have been disappointed to concede their first try late on, seemingly losing focus having built a big lead.
“Overall, this was a quality Gloucester performance which demonstrated variety, pace and precision at key moments. A few improvements will be needed but this result will have energised the squad for two big European matches up next versus Exeter Chiefs.”
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