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Gloucester Rugby players experience mixed fortunes in Rugby World Cup

Gloucester Rugby players experience mixed fortunes in Rugby World Cup
Four Gloucester Rugby players were involved in Rugby World Cup action over the weekend, two finishing on the winning side and two tasted defeat.

Jake Polledri was a replacement for Italy against Namibia and marked his first appearance in the Rugby World Cup with a try, peeling off the back of a maul to score. Dad Peter, a regular at Kingsholm watching Jake in action, was watching proudly from the stands.

Club captain Willi Heinz also started amongst the replacements, in this case for England, and was introduced in the second half as Eddie Jones’ side defeated Tonga by 35 points to 3. Willi put in a tidy shift and could well have scored had Henry Slade spotted his supporting line after the Exeter man made a line break.

Second row Franco Mostert started in the second row for South Africa against New Zealand in perhaps the biggest game of the first round of matches. Franco displayed his usual high work-rate as the Springboks went toe to toe with the All Blacks. It was nip and tuck for long periods, but two first half tries in three minutes for New Zealand proved to be decisive in a 23-13 victory.

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Finally, Chris Harris was a replacement for Scotland in what proved to be a tough day at the office in difficult weather conditions against Ireland in Yokohama City. Ireland ran in four tries in a 27-3 win with Scotland only mustering a penalty from former Gloucester Rugby scrum-half Greig Laidlaw.