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Tom Marshall wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Saracens game

Tom Marshall wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Saracens game
Tom Marshall is in a rich vein of form at the moment, and his superb solo score was enough to see him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment against Saracens.

Following the game Tom came into the Abbey Business Lounge alongside team mates Gerbrandt Grobler and Callum Braley, 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_29345" align="alignnone" width="1024"]1873 (c) Martin Bennett/ Gloucester Rugby[/caption]

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

“Saracens arrived off the back of a difficult week off the field but were galvanised to deliver an intelligent, accurate and physical performance. Gloucester were expected to win this home match but struggled to turn early pressure into points and paid the price.

“Gloucester started well in terms of energy and signaled their intent trying to play at pace through building phases.  However, their accuracy was missing at times which seemed to permeate throughout the whole game. Equally, Saracens defended well and Gloucester had no answer to space being closed down in midfield when they tried to build phases. Gloucester struggled for any fluency as a result, with accuracy at the breakdown and a high penalty count costing them momentum.

“Gloucester dominated the opening quarter but failed to register any points from several good attacking lineout positions. The lineout options were intelligent and accurate but Saracens disrupted the Gloucester driving lineout. By contrast, Saracens were clinical from similar positions scoring two tries with relative ease from driving lineout play. This encapsulated the difference between the two sides on the day where Saracens’ precision enabled them to open up a ten point lead against the run of play.

“Tom Marshall’s quality long range try lifted the players and crowd but it was short lived as Gloucester’s error count and lack of fluency continued to haunt them. Frustration from the home crowd led to some uncharacteristic booing and hostility which served to further energise Saracens as they took control of the game.

“Saracens gave Gloucester problems at the scrum throughout and played the conditions well as Gloucester’s kicking game struggled in the conditions. Gloucester to their credit stuck to their task and scored a late compensation try but there only looked like one winner throughout.

“The squad will be eager to put things right in front of the Kingsholm crowd on Friday night, when the reigning French Top 14 champions Toulouse kick off the European campaign.”