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Jake Polledri wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Harlequins game

Jake Polledri wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Harlequins game
Disappointment on the day for Gloucester Rugby when they came up just short against Harlequins, losing 25-27 in the latest round of Gallagher Premiership action. However, Jake Polledri’s explosive line break and offload to Danny Cipriani for Gloucester Rugby’s first try saw him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment.

Following the game Jake came into the Abbey Business Lounge alongside team mates Ben Vellacott and Tom Hudson, 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 match summary.

“A frustrating afternoon for Gloucester where the players will reflect knowing they had the beating of Harlequins, who themselves showed glimpses of quality their international laden side merits. It was a tenacious display from Harlequins whose aggressive defence seemed to rattle Gloucester.

“After a scrappy start, a powerful line break by Jake Polledri led to Gloucester’s first try which lifted Kingsholm. Gloucester attacked with intent, but two unforced errors via a loose pass and lapse in concentration chasing a restart, meant Gloucester gifted 12 points in two minutes. This period was a microcosm of Gloucester’s performance.

“Gloucester were strong from this point putting Quins under sustained pressure in the ‘22’. The officiating was frustrating the players and crowd in this period as Quins were repeatedly penalised at the breakdown.

“It took around six penalties for the referee to eventually banish a yellow card and reduce Quins to 14 men. This was significant as it disrupted Gloucester’s momentum with three close range driving lineouts being stopped from positions where Gloucester would have expected to score, especially had Quins lost a player earlier.

“The second period was equally frustrating for Gloucester as they seemed to lose composure with the ball in hand when faced with an aggressive Harlequins defensive line. Some of the patience and decision making in attack seen earlier in the season was missing and the errors continued as a result.

“Gloucester’s discipline started to deteriorate and Quins began to dominate the gain line registering 12 points from kicks. Gloucester’s effort could not be faulted and having worked a good try to regain the lead, Gloucester were dismantled at a scrum to fall behind again.

“They responded well with time up to regain the restart and could have snatched it on the whistle. Three quality tries from distance showed what Gloucester are capable of in attack but ultimately they lacked quality at key moments and will be seeking to improve their decision making and execution when under pressure.”
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