It was hard work in tough conditions at Kingsholm, but Gloucester Rugby eventually ground down a resolute Wasps side, Joe Simpson enjoying a day to remember against his former team as he scored two tries in a 25-9 Gallagher Premiership victory.
It was an incredibly professional performance in testing weather conditions at Kingsholm. Heavy rain fell for a good 24 hours before the game and carried on falling throughout. Ball handling was treacherous even though the Kingsholm pitch held up magnificently.
The Cherry and Whites took the game to Wasps in the opening stages, but could only muster a 10th minute penalty from Billy Twelvetrees, before superb work from Jason Woodward put Tom Marshall in at the corner.
Simpson then benefitted from loose handling by Wasps to hack on and aquaplane his way over for Gloucester Rugby’s second try, but Lima Sopoaga got Wasps on the scoreboard with a penalty with the last kick of the half. 13-3 at half time.
And Wasps started the second half in positive fashion. Sopoaga added two penalties and alarm bells started to ring ever so faintly. However, the turning point of the game came when Malakai Fekitoa was yellow carded when the visitors were camped on the Gloucester Rugby line.
The Cherry and Whites didn’t look back as Simpson ran a great supporting line to finish off a fine break from Ruan Ackermann and Marshall went over for his second after a powerful burst from Ben Morgan.
25-9 to the good, Gloucester Rugby could have switched off in the last couple of minutes, but kept battling to the end to keep their line intact and their unbeaten start to the Gallagher Premiership season going.