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

Joe Simpson wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Wasps game
Joe Simpson was facing his former club Wasps for the first time at Kingsholm last Saturday and marked the occasion by scoring two tries. His first effort was enough to see him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment.

Following the game Joe came into the Abbey Business Lounge alongside team mate Franco Marais, and took part in the post match Q&A for 1873 Club Members, hosted by former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux.

[caption id="attachment_29117" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Joe Simpson Joe Simpson is interviewed by Simon Devereux (c) Martin Bennett/ Gloucester Rugby[/caption]

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

“This was an excellent bonus point win in difficult underfoot conditions, where surface water meant the players had to constantly adapt. Gloucester were pragmatic in their tactics and clinical with their execution when opportunities arose, registering four quality tries.

“The forwards set the tone in the conditions from the outset, stealing the opening Wasps lineout and disrupting the opening scrum. This energised the pack and crowd, enabling Gloucester to dominate the opening half.  Gloucester were positive in turning down points to kick to the corner but Wasps pressured the Gloucester lineout well, to disrupt a couple of good attacking lineout positions for Gloucester.

“Gloucester responded intelligently with their lineout options by reducing their numbers, forcing Wasps to adjust their own defensive setup. This enabled Gloucester to secure possession from two close range lineouts, eventually moving the ball wide well for the first try.

“Joe Simpson’s subsequent solo effort try, capitalising on a Wasps’ error, showed good awareness to react and then use the conditions to slide over from 6 meters out. This ensured the scoreboard reflected Gloucester’s dominance for a 13-3 half time lead.

“Wasps dominated the third quarter, closing the gap to 13-9 as Gloucester struggled to generate field position. To their credit Gloucester remained composed and were rewarded when a quality line break from Ruan Ackermann and pacey finish by Simpson swung the momentum back Gloucester’s way. This moment transformed the atmosphere in the ground and the players reacted.

“Gloucester’s strong bench bolstered the final quarter and their positivity in kicking to the corner at 20-9 was rewarded. A good lineout and incisive line break and carry by Mark Atkinson and Ben Morgan respectively set up the bonus point try.

“Having ridden their luck to win away at Sale last week, it was important Gloucester delivered at home. The maturity shown in the conditions was impressive. A mix of pragmatism and quality finishing to secure the bonus point win will have given the squad a big lift.”
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