Gloucester Rugby put five tries past London Irish to secure the bonus point victory at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon.
Lloyd Evans and Ollie Thorley scored in the first half putting Gloucester Rugby 17-13 up at the break. Jake Polledri had burst through and found Evans in support on the inside who was able to gallop over for the score.
Thorley was next to unleash a scoring attack and it was from a well-worked move off a line-out. The flying winger had too much speed and dotted down for his 11th try of the season.
After the break, there were a few nervous minutes for Gloucester Rugby as an Agustin Creevy try put the visitors ahead but there was no need to worry for long as the Cherry and Whites hit back with two tries of their own.
The first came from Louis Rees-Zammit who came on to replace an injured Jason Woodward. The Welshman hit a higher gear than anyone else on the pitch and sprinted over to put his side back in the lead.
A Jack Stanley try a few minutes later cemented the bonus point for the Cherry and Whites but Gloucester Rugby weren’t done there.
With just over two minutes left on the clock, the Gloucestershire side turned up the heat and launched an almighty attack. Jonny May collected the ball and nobody was able to bring him down until he had made 20m. Gloucester Rugby recycled the ball quickly and it was Jordy Reid who broke on the outside, finding Stephen Varney in space and the scrum-half went over to add to his impressive scoring tally.
The win means that Gloucester Rugby climb up a spot in the Premiership table and now sit 7th, on equal points with Northampton Saints who are 6th.
Key Moment - Mark Atkinson’s defence
Gloucester Rugby put in a defensive effort to be proud of, stopping London Irish from scoring on a number of occasions. Mark Atkinson did an incredible job of stopping Albert Tuisue on the try line and it was his choke tackle technique that halted Irish’s attack on a number of occasions throughout the game.
How it happened
Gloucester Rugby are back in action when they travel to Sandy Park on Wednesday September 9 to face league leaders Exeter Chiefs.