Photos - Martin Bennett
Kingston Park is not an easy place to win but the Cherry and Whites secured the 32-22 bonus point victory over Newcastle Falcons to stay in the top four of the Gallagher Premiership.
It was windy and with kick off being delayed by four hours due to the weather, the victory was sweet.
Newcastle were first to get on the scoreboard thanks to an early Brett Connon penalty and initially were the side who seemed to warm up to the game the fastest.
Gloucester Rugby took their time to settle and a try from Val Rapava-Ruskin wasn’t enough to get a strong foothold into the game.
The hosts hit back with their own score through the flying winger Adam Radwan who was simply too fast to be stopped.
100% commitment from Chris Harris saw the Scotland centre charge down the conversion attempt and kept his former club to eight points.
It started to click for the Cherry and Whites. The attack worked well and Charlie Chapman put in some beautiful box kicks to ensure we played in the right areas of the field.
Santiago Carreras was put into some space by a Billy Twelvetrees pass and the Argentine international went over to extend our lead with Hastings nailing the conversion and a penalty a few minutes later.
Lewis Ludlow gave Gloucester Rugby a good lead at the break thanks to a great try from the maul and the skipper led the side into half time with a 20-8 lead.
Newcastle were first to score in the second half and it was Mateo Carreras who got over the line. Connon added the conversion and things got close before Ollie Thorley extended the Cherry and White lead.
It was great hands from the backs and Santiago Carreras puts the winger in enough space for him to fly over for our bonus point try.
Louis Rees-Zammit then produced a bit of magic and he scored an incredible individual try. He ran from his 22, through the Newcastle defence, to score in the corner.
Lloyd Evans took over the kicking duties and slotted the conversion to secure the result.
Newcastle had the final say with a try from Charlie Maddison and the conversion from Will Haydon-Wood made the final score 32-22.
Key moment – LRZ
Louis Rees-Zammit is rapid. The Welsh winger made it from our 22, weaving and darting through the defence, all the way to the try line.
A great score as he now heads off on Six Nations duty.
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