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Gloucester Rugby knocked out of Challenge Cup

(c) Martin Bennett / Gloucester Rugby 

A strong Saracens side defeated Gloucester Rugby 44-15 at Kingsholm to progress to the semi-final of the Challenge Cup.

Gloucester Rugby put up a strong test and fought until the end but were ultimately the second best side on the evening.

What happened?

Owen Farrell kicked three first half penalties and converted Aled Davies’ try to give our visitors a 16-5 lead at the break.

Jack Singleton pushed himself over for a maul try to give the Cherry and Whites five points in what was a close fought opening 40 minutes.

The two sides were both shown yellow cards. Ollie Thorley for a high hit with Jamie George’s attempt on Jordy Reid given the same punishment.

With the score 16-5 at half time, Gloucester Rugby were first to get on the board in the second half with Adam Hastings slotting a penalty after Duncan Taylor was caught sealing at the breakdown.

The visitors then hit back with four tries through Maro Itoje, Nick Tompkins, Jamie George and Duncan Taylor with Farrell adding the extras every time.

Val Rapava-Ruskin was shown yellow for playing the ball on the floor, making any hopes of a comeback challenging.

Staying in the fight for the full 80 however, Louis Rees-Zammit received the ball with just minutes to go. The winger gathered his own chip to score under the posts with Billy Twelvetrees’ conversion adding the extras.

The result means that Gloucester Rugby are knocked out of the Challenge Cup with Saracens progressing to the semi-final.

What’s next?

Gloucester Rugby are back in Premiership action on Saturday 21 May when the Cherry and Whites travel to Twickenham to take on Harlequins.

George Skivington reacts to Saracens

Lewis Ludlow reacts to Saracens

Highlights

Match statsTeam lineups
Gloucester Rugby
74' B. Twelvetrees
73' L. Rees-Zammit
49' V. Rapava-Ruskin
43' A. Hastings
31' J. Singleton
15' O. Thorley
Saracens
71' O. Farrell
70' D. Taylor
62' O. Farrell
60' J. George
50' O. Farrell
50' N. Tompkins
48' O. Farrell
47' M. Itoje
36' O. Farrell
25' J. George
18' O. Farrell
8' O. Farrell
7' A. Davies
5' O. Farrell