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Gloucester Rugby fall short in disappointing loss to Harlequins

Harlequins were too strong and beat Gloucester Rugby 24-34 at Kingsholm in Round 3 of the Gallagher Premiership

What happened?

It was a loose game from both sides but Harlequins were able to make the most of it despite receiving two yellow cards and one red with both Santiago Garcia Botta and Glen Young being sin binned and Andre Esterhuizen being given the bigger punishment.

Alex Dombrandt scored twice with James Chisholm and Nathan Earle also getting over the line for the visitors.

Gloucester Rugby attacked and defended well for periods of the game with Kyle Moyle looking really good at fullback but they weren’t helped by their own ill discipline which saw Jamal Ford-Robinson and Lewis Ludlow both being yellow carded.

Ed Slater got over for a try off the back of a great attacking period for the Cherry and Whites in the first half and in the second half James Hanson scored twice in what was a super sub performance from the hooker.

George Skivington’s side weren’t helped by injuries with Billy Twelvetrees going off in the first half, Joe Simpson going off injured at half time and Lloyd Evans also leaving the pitch early in the second half. This meant a lot of players were playing out of position for much of the second 40 minutes.

Key moment – James Hanson goes over for two

James Hanson’s impact was felt as soon as he came on late in the second half. The hooker replaced Jack Singleton in the second half and scored two tries in quick succession.

He was accurate at the lineout and joined the back of the maul both times to drive over the line.

What’s next?
Gloucester Rugby are back in action next Sunday when they travel to Lyon for Round 1 of the European Champions Cup.  

George Skivington reacts

Lewis Ludlow reacts

Match statsTeam lineups
Gloucester Rugby
78' L. Ludlow
75' J. Morris
74' J. Hanson
69' J. Morris
68' J. Hanson
27' B. Twelvetrees
26' E. Slater
19' J. Ford-Robinson
16' B. Twelvetrees
Harlequins
71' M. Smith
64' M. Smith
64' A. Dombrandt
60' M. Smith
59' N. Earle
48' G. Young
45' A. Esterhuizen
40' M. Smith
40' J. Chisholm
23' M. Smith
19' S. Garcia Botta
6' M. Smith
5' A. Dombrandt