It took a frustratingly long time to break down a persistent Worcester side, but Gloucester Rugby finally found their groove at Kingsholm on Friday evening and ran out comfortable winners in this Gallagher Premiership clash by 36 points to 3.
It genuinely looked as though this was going to be a frustrating night at the office for the Cherry and Whites. The first half saw two tries disallowed and the Warriors concede a host of penalties in the red zone without even a hint of a yellow card being shown.
To rub salt into the wound, they took a 0-3 lead via a Duncan Weir penalty from their only real attack. Gloucester Rugby pummelled them from that point on, but their only reward was a Danny Cipriani penalty on the stroke of half-time.
Howls of indignation had echoed around Kingsholm as the home fans evidently disagreed with many of the refereeing decisions and the Worcester tactic of slowing the game down at every opportunity.
And the third quarter of the match followed very much the same script until, finally Ruan Ackermann crashed over from close range and the shackles were off. Louis Rees-Zammit will capture headlines for his two tries, but perhaps his greatest contribution was the bit of skill that set up Chris Harris for his score.
Latching on to Cipriani’s cross kick, he managed to stay in the field of play, kick ahead, re-gather and then offload to Harris who finished in the corner for a stunning try.
Ben Morgan then muscled his way over from close range to secure the try-scoring bonus point, and anyone tuning in at that point would have wondered what all the fuss was about!
There was still time for Rees-Zammit to make the most of a Worcester error as he coasted over in the corner for his second try that saw the Cherry and Whites move up to third place in the table for the time being and send their fans home in good spirits for Christmas!