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Jake Polledri wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Bath Rugby game

Jake Polledri wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Bath Rugby game
The second half against Bath Rugby saw Gloucester Rugby storm to a 29-15 victory over Bath, and Jake Polledri won the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment for his explosive line break from the lineout leading to Gerbrandt Grobler’s try.

Following the game Jake came into the Abbey Business Lounge alongside team-mates Billy Twelvetrees and Fraser Balmain, and took part in the post-match Q&A for 1873 Club Members, hosted by former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux.

Jake was then presented with the award by Devs, who provided the following summary of the game.

“A bonus point win against Bath to kick off the new decade was what every Gloucester fan had wished for. Gloucester again found a way to overcome a frustrating first half to deliver a strong final quarter, securing a four tries to nil victory.

“It was almost too good a start for Gloucester after withstanding some early Bath pressure to score a converted try with their first attacking opportunity, following a first class line break by Franco Mostert.

“A familiar pattern started to unfold where Gloucester’s discipline and error count meant a frustrating first half, enabling Bath to register penalty kicks to lead 7-9 at half time. Gloucester were second best several times at the breakdown and squandered a couple of good attacking lineout positions, disrupting momentum.

“The half time team talk provoked a reaction as Gloucester came out energised for the 2nd half. They were positive in kicking a penalty to the corner and following a good lineout and strong, close range driving play, scored their second try. The subsequent missed conversion in front of the posts summed up the earlier frustration from a Gloucester perspective, and kept Bath in close contention at 12-9. Gloucester continued to give away penalties enabling Bath to regain the lead 12-15.

“A turning point came after a Bath attacking play was brought back by the officials for a late tackle on Josh Hohneck. Gloucester kicked to touch and a rehearsed play from the lineout enabled Jake Polledri to provide the game changing powerful line break for Gloucester’s third try. Another explosive carry several minutes later from Polledri and Ollie Thorley, set Gloucester up for the bonus point try to seal the match.

“Whilst there will be frustration with the first half, Gloucester showed character and resilience to finish strongly. Being among the leading Premiership try scorers, and having conceded the least number of tries, is testament to both their attacking and defensive capabilities. An improvement in discipline and reduction in error count should make Gloucester a force to be reckoned with come the business end of the season.”