Gloucester Rugby fell short in a high scoring contest against London Irish.
It was a very tight first half and it wasn’t an ideal start for Gloucester Rugby who conceded a try within the opening minute after Willi Heinz’s box kick was charged down and Blair Cowan went over to score. Paddy Jackson slotted the conversion to give his side a 7-point lead.
However, it wasn’t long until the Cherry and Whites were scoring themselves. From the kick-off, Ollie Thorley put serious pressure on the catcher and Jordy Reid collected the ball and tapped it on to Henry Trinder who went over to score. Billy Twelvetrees nailed the conversion to make it level.
Next to strike a blow were London Irish who scored through Ollie Hassell-Collins after a period of good attack from the home side. Jackson missed the conversion meaning that Gloucester Rugby had an opportunity to take the lead with their next score.
Alex Craig got over for the Cherry and Whites and Twelvetrees’ conversion gave the side a two-point lead at the break.
After half time, London Irish scored three further tries through Blair Cowan, Agustin Creevy and Tom Parton with Paddy Jackson slotting one conversion and a penalty.
Mark Atkinson got over for Gloucester Rugby, wrestling his way over the line from close range but going into the last three minutes of the game Irish were 32-21 up.
With just a few minutes left on the clock, Alex Craig went over for his second try to give Gloucester Rugby the two losing bonus points meaning the Cherry and Whites reduce the gap at the bottom.
Key moment - Henry Trinder hits back and scores
Having conceded early in the game it was vital for Gloucester Rugby to hit back immediately. Henry Trinder made sure that they did through a great score which saw him go over in his first appearance since Lyon.
Gloucester Rugby are back in action next weekend when they host Bristol Bears in Round 9 of the Gallagher Premiership at Kingsholm.