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Ollie Thorley wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Tigers game

Ollie Thorley wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Tigers game
Gloucester Rugby’s 36-13 win over Leicester Tigers was one of their most impressive of the season and was finished off by Ollie Thorley’s wonderful long range try.

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

Ollie was then presented with the award by Devs, who provided the following summary of the match.

“It was a privilege to be at Kingsholm to witness a Gloucester performance that will live long in the memory alongside great past Kingsholm nights under lights! Two stunning second half tries by Ollie Thorley were naturally all the talk after match, but there was so much more to this impressive performance by Gloucester.

[caption id="attachment_24107" align="alignnone" width="1024"]1873 Q&A for 1873 Club Members (c) Martin Bennett/ Gloucester Rugby[/caption]

“The first half forward effort laid the foundations, reacting well to some early set piece pressure to dominate. The precision from attacking positions was ruthless, starting with a good pick up from the base under pressure by Freddie Clarke, which put Gloucester on the front foot to score the opening try. It was fitting that Fraser Balmain scored the final try of the half after good pressure on a Leicester scrum 40 metres out was rewarded with a penalty which put Gloucester into the ‘22’.

“Gloucester’s focus and attacking intent in the first half were excellent and it must rank up there with Gloucester’s best openings in recent times.

“The second half was always going to be a challenge to maintain the intensity but Gloucester started well to register the bonus point try within 10 minutes. Having had a well worked fifth try from distance disallowed by the TMO, Gloucester found themselves on the back foot for the first time.

“This period was crucial as Gloucester demonstrated resilient defence to repel Leicester and force a turnover on the hour mark. This was a key moment as had Leicester scored it could have changed the complexity of the final quarter should Leicester have cut the deficit to 9 points.

“Another strong defensive effort towards the end resulted in a turnover near the Gloucester line resulting in Ben Morgan showing good vision to put Ollie Thorley away for a try of the season contender!

“It was a throwback cauldron-like Kingsholm atmosphere generated by the aggression and quality of Gloucester’s collective effort. Nights like this give the whole City a lift. Gloucester will be a match for anyone when they repeat these performance levels.”
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