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Joe Simpson wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Toulouse game

Joe Simpson wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Toulouse game
Joe Simpson scored two cracking tries in the Heineken Champions Cup game against Toulouse, and his second score was enough to see him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment.

Following the game, Joe came into the Abbey Business Lounge alongside team mates Chris Harris and Freddie Clarke, and took part in the post-match Q&A for 1873 Club Members, hosted by former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux.

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

“This was a much improved performance from Gloucester against the reigning French Top 14 champions, but they will have been disappointed with their second half accuracy to lose control of the game, having led 20-9 at half time.

“Toulouse were clinical and pragmatic to open the scoring but Gloucester’s attitude and urgency, especially in defence, meant they disrupted Toulouse and forced several turnovers. Joe Simpson was the beneficiary, showing tremendous pace to run in two outstanding long range tries.

“Gloucester’s scrum was under the spotlight and reacted well against a big Toulouse pack. A powerful scrum on the Toulouse ‘22’ towards the end of the half encapsulated the forward effort to win a penalty.

“Gloucester’s kicking from hand was intelligent, probing down the touchlines to maintain high field position, constantly forcing Toulouse to turn. Whilst Gloucester dominated, Toulouse capitalised on infringements to keep in touch at 20-9.

“Toulouse came out for the second half with more urgency and willingness to move the ball around. A try saving tackle from Chris Harris set alarm bells ringing as Toulouse demonstrated their quality eroding Gloucester’s lead from penalties. It felt inevitable, as the big Toulouse pack battered the try line, that they would take the lead.

“Gloucester had limited opportunities to generate field position and this was compounded by losing five lineouts in the Toulouse half through a mixture of inaccuracy and good defensive work by Toulouse.

“Having already been under pressure at the front of the lineout, Gloucester opted for a similar call 5 meters out which was again disrupted by Toulouse, effectively ending Gloucester’s hopes of regaining the lead.

“This felt like a game Gloucester had in their grasp but let slip away. The first half especially was a significant and encouraging improvement from the previous home defeat to Saracens. It was also a harsh lesson in how a lack of precision is punished at the top level. The players worked hard until the final whistle but ultimately second half inaccuracies cost them against quality opposition.”
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