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Charlie Sharples wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Sale Sharks game

Charlie Sharples wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Sale Sharks game
The recent Gallagher Premiership fixture at home to Sale Sharks ended in a disappointing 15-30 defeat. However, Charlie Sharples’ role in creating the overlap and delivering the pass for Jaco Visagie’s try saw him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment.

Following the game Charlie came into the Abbey Business Lounge alongside team mates Tom Hudson and Ruan Dreyer, and took part in the post-match Q&A for 1873 Club Members, hosted by former Gloucester Rugby back row forward Simon Devereux.

Charlie was then presented with the award by Devs, who provided the following match summary.

“A frustrating afternoon for Gloucester, falling short of the high standards they have set themselves this season and being duly punished by a clinical Sale team. Whilst Sale arrived in ninth position, they had the fourth best defensive Premiership record in terms of points conceded and Gloucester struggled to penetrate. Having lost 4 of their 5 opening Premiership games in September, Sale have been playing catch up ever since, but are a much-improved side showing quality throughout.

[caption id="attachment_24714" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Simon Devereux interviews Ruan Dreyer and Tom Hudson Simon Devereux interviews Ruan Dreyer and Tom Hudson (c) Martin Bennett/ Gloucester Rugby[/caption]

“Gloucester started well and dominated the opening quarter but squandered several good attacking positions including an early 5 metre lineout position. Despite registering a well worked try in this period, the warning signs were there as Gloucester’s execution was disappointing. The early scrums were positive generating two penalties for Gloucester but the lineout accuracy was inconsistent and they were unable to implement their driving lineout against a good Sale defence.

“Sale led 10-17 at half time despite Gloucester being dominant for most of the half. Sale’s 17 points were directly attributable to unforced errors by Gloucester with poor blindside cover following a good box kick and two inaccurate lineouts all resulting in points conceded.

“Gloucester started the second period positively but the discipline was still missing from their play as they struggled to retain possession. With Sale reduced to 14 men after a sin binning Gloucester were unable to capitalise from a close range lineout position. Sale’s driving lineout defence was good but Gloucester’s hurried offloading resulted in a key turnover and exit for Sale. Sale by contrast were clinical throughout and executed a good driving lineout before turning a Gloucester ball over 5 metres out and scoring again to lead 10-30.

“Gloucester rallied well to score the final try, but struggled throughout to penetrate an aggressive and organised Sale defence. The squad will be desperate to take the field again and put this right. No better opportunity awaits than an away trip to Leicester before another full house at Kingsholm for the visit of Munster!”
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