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Mark Atkinson wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Wasps game

Mark Atkinson wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Wasps game
Gloucester Rugby maintained their push for a top four finish with a 27-14 Gallagher Premiership win over Wasps at Kingsholm.  Mark Atkinson’s break which led to Willi Heinz’s try was enough to see him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment on the night.

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

Mark was then presented with the award by Devs, who provided the following summary of the game:

“This was an impressive win for Gloucester in the way they remained composed and dealt with some difficult moments to win 27-14. It was closer than the score line suggests due in part to Gloucester’s inaccuracies which gifted Wasps momentum and an 11 point lead. Wasps were bolstered by the return of several England internationals and made life difficult for Gloucester.

“Gloucester’s fluency was lacking in the opening quarter, also incurring the wrath of the referee. The high penalty count compounded to give Wasps the initiative. Gloucester’s attacking intent was obvious from the outset but execution let them down.

[caption id="attachment_26175" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Mark Atkinson and Danny Cipriani with Devs Mark Atkinson and Danny Cipriani with Devs (c) Martin Bennett/ Gloucester Rugby[/caption]

“It was a measure of Gloucester’s progress this season in that they didn’t panic and remained faithful to their beliefs in trying to create space using the familiar runners in behind approach. This was eventually rewarded on 35 minutes with the crucial first try.  Until this point, with Gloucester scoreless, it was a nervous ground as Wasps were in danger of taking control of the game.  A quick follow up changed the atmosphere in the ground turning an 11 point deficit into a 3 point half time lead.

“The third quarter was equally frustrating for Gloucester as close range scrum and lineout opportunities were squandered, keeping Wasps within one score. Wasps were physical throughout but Gloucester’s execution and error count cost them.

“Gloucester’s bench made a big impact and a key moment came in the final quarter when Gloucester, who were down to seven forwards due to a sin binning, dealt aggressively with two Wasps scrums in midfield forcing resets. The third reset coincided with Gloucester being back to eight forwards who duly won the penalty. This proved the catalyst for Gloucester to seize momentum and finish impressively.

“The squad showed maturity and resilience to finish on top following a power play involving the ball carrying front row, finished impressively by Jake Polledri on the whistle. Gloucester impressively overcame moments of adversity to ensure they built on their excellent away win at Quins and maintained a strong top four position!”