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Cherry and Whites draw 25-25 with London Irish

Gloucester Rugby drew 25-25 against London Irish at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday.

The Cherry and Whites scored three tries in a tight battle to take two league points away from the fixture.

What happened?

London Irish were first to get on the scoreboard through Augustin Creevy and before too long they had their second score thanks to Isaac Curtis-Harris who also got over the line.

Paddy Jackson was accurate with the boot so after 20 minutes the Cherry and Whites were 14 points down and were left scratching their heads as they seemed to have spent the entire opening quarter defending.

Gloucester Rugby gathered some composure and secured some good possession and Adam Hastings got the Cherry and Whites on the scoreboard thanks to two penalties.

Just before half time it felt that momentum had swung as Gloucester Rugby were getting some good attack as they inched their way up the field.

However, after the break it was a disaster of a start for the Cherry and Whites as Mark Atkinson was yellow carded for killing the ball, allowing Jackson to add another three points to the Irish board.

Ben Morgan steadied the ship with two great tries scored in similar fashion. The maul powered over from the lineout and it was the big No.8 at the back of it to get over for the two scores.

In between Gloucester Rugby scores, Jackson added another penalty kick to his tally but suddenly it was time to shine for the Cherry and Whites.

Louis Rees-Zammit made an intercept from inside his 22m line and ran the length of the field to score. Hastings added the extras and Gloucester Rugby had a good lead with 20 minutes left to play.

However, Matt Rogerson found a way to the line for the hosts to put the score level with just over 10 minutes to go. The missed conversion and a late missed drop goal attempt from Paddy Jackson meant that the game ended in a draw.

Key moment – LRZ scores intercept try

Gloucester Rugby were in need of something to get them ahead and it was Louis Rees-Zammit who delivered the goods.

The Welsh winger made an intercept deep inside the 22 and had the pace to go unchallenged to dot down under the sticks.

What’s next?

Gloucester Rugby are back in Gallagher Premiership action next weekend when the Cherry and Whites host Newcastle Falcons at Kingsholm on Saturday 23 October.

Tickets are available here.

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Highlights

Match statsTeam lineups
London Irish
68' M. Rogerson
52' P. Jackson
48' S. Mafi
43' P. Jackson
20' P. Jackson
20' I. Curtis-Harris
14' P. Jackson
13' A. Creevy
Gloucester Rugby
60' A. Hastings
60' L. Rees-Zammit
56' A. Hastings
56' B. Morgan
49' B. Morgan
42' M. Atkinson
24' A. Hastings
22' A. Hastings