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Gloucester Rugby put up a strong fight against fully loaded Worcester

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Gloucester Rugby put up a stern fight against a strong Worcester Warriors side but ultimately lost 39-25 in the Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final.

A largely academy based Cherry and White side did well, going into half time with an 18-14 lead but the experience and physicality of the Worcester side showed in the second half where the visitors ultimately out muscled the younger side.

What happened?

Gloucester Rugby took a four-point lead into the break after tries from Cameron Jordan and Jake Morris.

It was two George Barton penalties that opened the Cherry and White scoring with the fly-half slotting the conversion for the first try.

Worcester were game and scored twice themselves through Tom Howe and Gareth Simpson. Fin Smith added both conversions, setting up a second half with it all to play for at 18-14.

In the second half, Gareth Simpson went over for his second try of the game with Duhan Van Der Merve and a penalty try extending the Warrior’s lead.

A penalty from replacement fly-half Jamie Shillcock made the score 18-34 but the Cherry and Whites came back.

An incredible stint in attack lead to Alex Morgan getting over the line for a pick and go try but Worcester had the last laugh with a Niall Annett try securing them the 39-25 victory and a place in the Prem Cup final.  

What’s next?

Gloucester Rugby host Bath in the West Country derby on Saturday. Get your tickets here.

Tim Taylor reacts to Worcester

Cameron Jordan reacts to Worcester

Match statsTeam lineups
Gloucester Rugby
70' G. Barton
70' A. Morgan
58' H. Walker
33' J. Morris
20' G. Barton
20' C. Jordan
17' G. Barton
10' G. Barton
Worcester Warriors
75' N. Annett
65' J. Shillcock
58' Penalty Try
52' D. van der Merwe
48' G. Simpson
39' F. Smith
38' G. Simpson
14' F. Smith
13' T. Howe