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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.
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.
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