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Charlie Sharples wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Northampton Saints game

Charlie Sharples wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Northampton Saints game
Gloucester Rugby kicked off the 2018-19 Gallagher Premiership season with an impressive 27-16 victory over Northampton Saints at Kingsholm. Charlie Sharples’ try, Gloucester’s second of the day, was enough to see him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment.

Following the game Charlie came into the Abbey Business Lounge alongside team mate James Hanson, and took part in the post match Q&A for 1873 Club Members, hosted by former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux.

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

“A good performance to start the season for Gloucester, where they showed early composure and good execution to win comfortably against a decent Northampton side, who demonstrated their own quality at times.

“Gloucester started well showing intelligence in their kicking game to maintain field position and pressure on Northampton. At times last season Gloucester were guilty of trying to run back kicks from deep, inviting pressure on themselves. However, this display showed maturity of thought in the opening quarter to keep Northampton pinned down in their own half. Gloucester reaped the benefit opening up an early lead.

“Confidence to kick for the corner was rewarded with an excellent driving lineout try where Gloucester controlled the weight well to keep the maul in field and moving forward. This set the tone for a strong forward display.

"The Gloucester front row unit were outstanding, putting Gloucester on the front foot in attack and crucially in defensive positions, with one notable scrum turnover in front of the posts enabling them to exit well when Northampton were threatening.

“Gloucester were clinical in attack but also resolute in defence, withstanding long periods of pressure in the second and third quarters. The cumulative effect saw an increase in the Northampton penalty count allowing Gloucester to regain supremacy.

“Northampton dominated the opening 20 minutes of the second half but were unable to register points. Gloucester’s successful penalty after this period was psychologically significant. Despite conceding a driving lineout try which reduced the lead to 8 points, Gloucester remained composed finishing the stronger of the two sides.

“Considering this was the first Premiership game of the season with new players on show, Gloucester’s fluency and accuracy were impressive and will give the squad confidence from the outset. The Gloucester pack and front row in particular, put down a good marker for the season ahead!”
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