Gloucester Rugby scored six tries at Sixways to beat Worcester Warriors 15-44 in George Skivington’s first game in charge of the Cherry and Whites.
It was the perfect result for Gloucester Rugby who picked up the away win and the try-scoring bonus point in their first game back since the COVID-19 lockdown. Ruthless in attack and brutal in defence, Skivington and the club’s new coaching staff will be pleased with what was on display on Saturday afternoon.
Worcester Warriors did themselves no favours with Melani Nanai being shown a red card for a dangerous, high tackle on Jonny May, which ended the returning wingers game and took Worcester down to 14 men for the remaining 60 minutes.
Jack Singleton started his time at Gloucester Rugby with a try on debut and it was another first for Steven Varney who also got over for his first Prmiership Rugby try when he replaced Joe Simpson in the second half.
With Danny Cipriani pulling the strings, it was the players out wide who were able to do the most damage to the Worcester defence. Ollie Thorley scored twice, with Louis Rees-Zammit and Jason Woodward also dotting down in their first rugby game in just under six months.
It was the speedy stars who took most of the points but it was the hard graft of the forwards who spent 80 minutes providing the backs with good clean ball which allowed them to attack the space on the wings. Matt Garvey came on in the second half to make his debut and Jack Clement from the academy also came on to show that the pathway coming up is strong, making his Premiership rugby debut.
It was a slow start for Gloucester Rugby with Ted Hill getting on the scoreboard for Worcester within the first two minutes and for a while it seemed that it would be a tough afternoon for the Cherry and Whites.
It wasn’t long before Gloucester Rugby started to get into their game and they continued to put the pressure on throughout the game. They will take huge confidence from such a dominant result after such a long time away from playing and will be looking forward to getting out at Kingsholm next time out.
Thorley’s first score is one that would have had Gloucester Rugby fans on their feet if they were allowed into the stadium. It was Cipriani who received the ball and without hesitating floated a perfectly weighted pass out onto the left wing for Thorley to collect at pace to dot over for a try.
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Gloucester Rugby are next in action when they host Bristol at Kingsholm next Friday at 7:45pm.