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Cherry and Whites show character in Stoop defeat

Harlequins were the victors in a 59-24 victory over Gloucester Rugby at the Twickenham Stoop.

What happened?

Gloucester Rugby had plenty of young talent on display against Harlequins but fell short in the end after a resurgence saw them draw level on points, 24-24, at one point in the game.

Harlequins started the game well and built a solid lead through four tries from Luke Northmore, Mike Brown, Cadan Murley and Danny Care, securing the try bonus before half time and making the score 24-0.

The Cherry and Whites showed great composure to stay in the fight and finished the second half with good momentum after Charlie Chapman got over to score.

George Barton had put Jack Clement through a gap and the flanker came onto the ball at pace, offloading then to Chapman who went over to score. Barton’s conversion meant the score was 24-7 going into the break.

In the second half the Gloucester Rugby resurgence continued and Barton kicked a penalty to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Freddie Clarke and Chapman, getting over for his second, both scored for the Cherry and Whites and Barton was accurate from the tee drawing the score level at 24-24.

However, Quins were able to find another gear and, helped by a Matt Banahan red card for a high tackle, scored tries through Tyrone Green, two from Alex Dombrandt and Luke Northmore to take the 59-24 victory.

Key moment – Charlie Chapman goes over for two

Gloucester Rugby scrum half Charlie Chapman had an impressive game for the Cherry and Whites with the Gloucester Rugby Academy product scoring two tries against Harlequins.

Chapman was up for it today and was making tackles left, right and centre as well as managing the game from the 9 shirt.

What’s next?

Gloucester Rugby are back in action next Friday when they host Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm in Round 15 of the Gallagher Premiership.

George Skivington's reaction

Matt Garvey's reaction

Highlights

Match statsTeam lineups
Harlequins
80' B. Herron
80' A. Dombrandt
73' B. Herron
73' L. Northmore
71' B. Herron
71' A. Dombrandt
63' M. Smith
63' T. Green
59' M. Smith
58' D. Care
27' M. Smith
26' D. Care
20' C. Murley
17' M. Smith
17' M. Brown
10' L. Northmore
Gloucester Rugby
69' M. Banahan
55' G. Barton
54' C. Chapman
53' G. Barton
52' F. Clarke
44' G. Barton
35' G. Barton
34' C. Chapman