Gloucester return to winning ways
PREMIERSHIP REPORT: Gloucester held on at the death to return to winning ways in the Premiership with a 24-19 success over Worcester Warriors as Ollie Thorley scored two tries at Kingsholm.
After beating champions Exeter Chiefs in Round One, Gloucester were soon in control with Thorley crossing twice inside the opening 20 minutes and Billy Twelvetrees adding a third soon after the break.
But Perry Humphreys replied twice for the visitors who came close to snatching victory as Ryan Mills knocked over three penalties.
The Warriors, without a win so far this season, saw captain Donncha O'Callaghan sent to the sin bin after six minutes as Willi Heinz took a quick penalty five metres from the tryline.
Gloucester were ahead soon after through a Billy Burns penalty and it was the flyhalf who provided the first try minutes later.
Burns sent a brilliant flat pass to Jason Woodward whose neat offload gave Thorley space to score and the Gloucester wing doubled his tally soon after.
Centre Twelvetrees carved through the Warriors defence with Thorley once again in the right place at the right time to make it 17-0 after 18 minutes.
Worcester worked themselves back into the game with two Ryan Mills penalties reducing the deficit before half-time.
Trinder replaced Mark Atkinson at half-time and had an immediate impact as he broke through the Warriors defence and ran almost the length of the feed.
He played a one-two with skipper Heinz before Twelvetrees took an offload to dot down under the posts to make it 24-6.
Winger Perry Humphreys then beat Charlie Sharples to a Mills’ crossfield kick to reduce the deficit before adding a second score with eight minutes to go.
Mills hit a third penalty for a losing bonus point but the Warriors remain winless at Kingsholm since April 2009.
Tries: Thorley 2, Twelvetrees
Cons: Burns 3
For Worcester Warriors:
Tries: Humphreys 2
Cons: Mills 3
Yellow card: Donncha O'Callaghan (Worcester Warriors, 6)
Gloucester: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Billy Twelvetrees, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Ollie Thorley 10 Billy Burns, 9 Willi Heinz (captain), 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Jacob Rowan, 6 Freddie Clarke, 5 Jeremy Thrush; 4 Ed Slater, 3 John Afoa, 2 Motu Matu’u, 1 Val Rapava Ruskin.
Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Tom Savage, 20 Lewis Ludlow, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Henry Trinder, 23 David Halaifonua.
Worcester: 15 Josh Adams, 14 Perry Humphreys, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Bryce Heem, 10 Ryan Mills, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 GJ van Velze, 7 Sam Lewis, 6 Alafoti Faosiliva, 5 Pierce Phillips, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan (captain), 3 Biyi Alo, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Ryan Bower.
Replacements: 16 Joe Taufete’e, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Gareth Milasinovich, 19 Christian Scotland-Williamson, 20 David Denton, 21 Jono Kitto, 22 Dean Hammond, 23 Jamie Shillcock.
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Adam Leal, Peter Allan.
TMO: Rowan Kitt.