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Gerbrandt Grobler wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Saints game

Gerbrandt Grobler wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Saints game
It took a dramatic last-ditch try from Gerbrandt Grobler to secure a thrilling 14-12 Premiership Rugby Cup victory over Northampton Saints last week, and saw him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment.

Following the game Gerbrandt came into the Abbey Business Lounge alongside team mates Jaco Kriel and Ollie Thorley, and took part in the post match Q&A for 1873 Club Members, hosted by former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux.

[caption id="attachment_23974" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Gerbrandt Grobler Gerbrandt Grobler (c) Martin Bennett/ Gloucester Rugby[/caption]

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

“A bizarre game of rugby where the atmosphere in the ground was transformed in the final few minutes. In strong winds and driving rain both sides struggled for any cohesive play and it looked set for an away win as the game closed out. Gloucester’s strength of character to persevere when things were not going well was justifiably rewarded to snatch the 14-12 win on the whistle.

“Gloucester seemed to lack concentration in the opening quarter where their discipline let them down on several occasions defensively and at the breakdown. This enabled Northampton to score an early try but equally meant they had the majority of possession and territory aided by Gloucester’s high penalty account.

“Playing into the wind, Gloucester box kicked well but struggled to create anything until a long range interception try. Considering the balance of play it was remarkable that Gloucester led 7-5 at half time.

“Northampton showed quality to score from distance to lead 12-7 early in the second half while Gloucester were guilty of poor discipline and execution at key moments. It was a frustrating final quarter where Gloucester were invited back into the game by Northampton but could not execute from several good attacking positions.

“Ultimately it came down to the final few minutes where Gloucester showed tenacity, character and high skill levels to batter the Northampton line under intense defensive pressure. This was the first period in the match where Gloucester generated the kind of intensity they expect and were rewarded by a TMO decision, as Gerbrandt Grobler showed good strength to get over the line under a pile of bodies.

“One of Gloucester’s biggest improvements this season has been the collective will to battle to the end, even in the face of adversity. This was no better encapsulated than at the end when all seemed lost. The winning finale will put them in a good frame of mind as the Premiership returns next week with the visit of Leicester under the Kingsholm lights!”
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