(Photo credit - Martin Bennett / Gloucester Rugby)
Gloucester Rugby managed to hold off a late Wasps comeback to secure a 35-33 bonus point victory at the CBS Arena on Friday night.
It was a freezing cold November evening, but the Cherry and Whites scored four tries and came away from Coventry with the bonus point win.
Jonny May was the first to get over the line after Adam Hastings put in a good chip over the top which set up the attack which saw the England winger score.
The Scottish international was accurate from the tee as well and slotted the conversion as well as two penalties in short succession to open up the scoring nicely.
Despite the strong start, Wasps were still in the game and proved this through a clever move at the lineout which saw Thomas Young dive over to score.
However, Gloucester Rugby were next to land a blow and it was Billy Twelvetrees who collected the short ball from Mark Atkinson and ran all the way to the line to score his first of two tries.
Wasps had the final say of the half and Gabriel Oghre got over for the home side just before the break. Jacob Umaga’s conversion put them right back in the game with the score 12-23.
In the second half, Twelvetrees went over for his second try, and Hasting’s conversion gave the Cherry and Whites a healthy lead.
Jack Clement also went over from the driving maul to make up for a try that was chalked off in the first half but Wasps were rampant and were on the comeback.
A try from Alfie Barbeary and Jacob Umaga made things really close going into the final few minutes.
With just over a minute on the clock, Umaga scored another great try to set up a tense finish. Nailing the conversion, there were just two points in the game with just seconds left.
Wasps were awarded a penalty but the Gloucester Rugby defence was strong and Wasps were forced to make a knock on. Hastings collected the ball and booted it to touch to end the game much to the relief of the Cherry and White fans in attendance.
Key moment – Billy Twelvetrees gets over for his second
Billy Twelvetrees and Mark Atkinson linked beautifully with each other throughout the game but it was the set up to Billy’s second try which was really special. The centre collected the short ball and went over to score!
Gloucester Rugby are back in action next Friday night when we take on Bristol Bears at Kingsholm. Get your tickets here!