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Ben Morgan wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Saracens game

Ben Morgan wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Saracens game
Gloucester Rugby made it two impressive wins in a row under the Friday Night Lights at Kingsholm, defeating Saracens by 30 points to 24 last Friday. Ben Morgan’s second try was enough to see him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment on the night.

Following the game Ben came into the Abbey Business Lounge alongside team mates Willi Heinz and Franco Marais, and took part in the post match Q&A for 1873 Club Members, hosted by former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux.

Ben was then presented with the award by Devs, who provided the following summary of the game:

“This was a comprehensive victory against Premiership leaders Saracens.  Earlier this season Gloucester have struggled to build on big performances and come unstuck in home games they were expected to win. However, on this occasion the collective mindset and intensity shown at Kingsholm last week in beating Exeter, was carried forward into this performance.

“The 30-24 final score flattered Saracens and whilst the squad will have been disappointed to concede 14 points in the closing minutes, it should not detract from what was a physical dismantling of a quality side. Saracens were clinical at the end to secure a bonus point, but it was testament to Gloucester’s dominance and defensive pressure throughout that they were restricted in scoring opportunities.

“Gloucester started well but missed try and penalty opportunities early on. They remained composed however and a quality training ground move from a lineout opened up Saracens from distance. This gave Gloucester the impetus with good lineout play and vision resulting in their first try.

“The intensity and ball retention under pressure was first class by Gloucester and this score set the tone for the match. They dominated territory from this point. Gloucester’s set piece, especially the lineout in attack and defence, functioned well with driving lineout play enabling them to increase their half time lead to 16-3.

“Saracens’ came out firing in the third quarter but were unable to breach Gloucester’s strong defence.  It was a quality turnover by Jaco Kriel in broken play which eventually swung the momentum to put Gloucester back on the offensive.

“Gloucester were clinical after relentlessly pummelling the Saracens line and showed admirable physicality, variety and ball retention to eventually score.  Ben Morgan’s final try was a repeat of this intensity and desire, to put Gloucester 30-10 in front before Saracens closed the gap.

“The levels attained in these wins against the visiting Premiership leaders has lifted everyone at Kingsholm. It should position the squad well as they look to cement their top four Premiership position in the coming weeks.”
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