Gloucester Rugby beat Worcester Warriors 31-23 to take their first win of the season at a wet Sixways Stadium on Saturday.
Adam Hastings put in a stunning performance setting up two Cherry and White tries with cross field kicks and slotted all but one kick at goal.
For the first 40 minutes, the Cherry and Whites were in complete control and could have kept Worcester scoreless if it wasn’t for a silly penalty which involved a few players winding up former Gloucester Rugby player Willi Heinz.
The fly-half kicked four penalties to give Gloucester Rugby a 12-3 half time lead at Sixways.
It was another ex-Cherry and White, Owen Williams, who slotted the kick for the hosts from the consequential penalty.
It was a great defensive effort for Gloucester Rugby who refused to let Worcester get over the try line despite two really threatening attacks from the hosts.
After the break, Worcester were first to get on the scoreboard thanks to penalty kicks from Owen Williams and Billy Searle.
However, the Cherry and Whites were first to score a try and it was Ben Morgan who powered over from the driving maul.
The maul became a key weapon for Gloucester Rugby who were able to use it to full advantage in attack.
Hastings slotted the conversion and continued his impressive performance with a cross field kick which was judged perfectly to land into Jonny May’s arms who then offloaded to Jason Woodward who came flying in to score.
It was a second cross field kick which cemented the Gloucester Rugby win. Lions returnee, Chris Harris, collected to dive over for the Cherry and Whites’ third try.
Worcester were able to score through both Kyle Hatherell and Sione Vailanu but their second half efforts weren’t helped when Ted Hill was red carded for a dangerous tackle on Lloyd Evans.
Billy Searle converted the Vailanu try and with the clock in red, that ended the game.
Key moment – Adam Hastings goes for a second cross field kick
Having nailed the first cross field kick to Jonny May earlier on, it seemed unlikely that Hastings could pull off another one.
Sixways stadium went silent as the Scot kicked the ball and the Cherry and White fans at the game erupted when it landed in the arms of his international teammate who went over to score.
Gloucester Rugby are back in Gallagher Premiership action next Saturday when they welcome Sale Sharks to Kingsholm. Tickets are available here.