Match Report 

05 Feb 2011: London Irish v Gloucester

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Match Report: 05 Feb 2011 London Irish v Gloucester

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Gloucester Rugby

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London Irish

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Fixture Type: LV= Cup

Match Date: Sat 05 Feb 2011

Kick Off: 15:00

Venue: Kingsholm

Referee: Gwyn Morris

Assistant Referee: Martin Buck

Assistant Referee: Rhys Davies

Gloucester confirmed their place in the LV=Cup semi-finals with a comfortable 41-8 victory over London Irish in a game where the Exiles failed to ever get going.

<1r>Irish were starved of possession for 80 minutes and the few times they did have the ball execution unfortunately let them down.

The opening 10 minutes of the encounter saw both sides looking to play for territory. Gloucester had the better of the possession and with the wind picking up around Kingsholm they played the elements better and won the early kicking exchanges.

After 12 minutes Gloucester scored the first try of the game through their centre Tim Molenaar. A box kick from Darren Allinson went straight up in the air from his own goal line and was caught by Gloucester winger Tom Voyce, three phases later Molenaar crossed for the opening score of the game. Nicky Robinson added the conversion.

Gloucester came straight back three minutes later when Charlie Sharples went on a scything run through the Exiles defence and just had enough pace and momentum to score in the corner despite the best efforts in defence from Ryan Lamb.

Gloucester were looking to attack from anywhere in their 22 metre line, playing some confident rugby.

They crossed the whitewash for their third try after 22 minutes with a penalty try. Gloucester centre Fuimaono-Sapolu broke out of his own 22 and after side stepping two players, passed to scrum half Dave Lewis who put in a neat grubber kick that was forced over the dead ball line illegally by Exiles winger Sailosi Tagicakibau. This resulted in a penalty try for the home team and ten minutes in the sin bin for the Samoan winger.

Irish scored their first points of the game through a Ryan Lamb penalty after Gloucester were penalised for a high tackle on Dan Bowden.

This however did not slow down the home teams momentum as they came storming back at London Irish and from a short lineout five metres out from the Irish line, Scotland second row forward Jim Hamilton went crashing over to increase the cherry and whites lead to 24-3.

It took 30 minutes for the Exiles to get some sustained possession in Gloucester territory and that was met by fierce defence which forced Irish errors.

Gloucester were on fire in attack and scored their fifth try four minutes before half time. The home side won a lineout in the London Irish 22 and spread the ball wide to full back Olly Morgan who waltzed through to finish in the corner. Failure to secure their own set piece ball was the making of a majority of London Irish’s first half problems.

The second half was some what of a closer affair but Gloucester still came out on top.

Fourteen minutes in, scrum half Darren Allinson, made a break from a lineout in Exiles territory and ran 30 metres up field giving his side great attacking field position. From this London Irish mounted a charge on the Gloucester line before the ball found itself in the hands of replacement Chris Hala’ufia who ran in to score in the corner to slightly lift Irish spirits.

Gloucester scored two tries in the last 10 minutes to seal their victory. The first through replacement flanker, Qera and the other was a second for winger Charlie Sharples who ran in from half way after receiving a great flip pass from their replacement fly half, Freddie Burns.

The Exiles were outclassed on all fronts and will have to be much better when they return to Kingsholm in two week’s time for their Premiership clash with Gloucester.

London Irish are back in action next Saturday in the Aviva Premiership with Newcastle Falcons visiting the Madejski Stadium.

Score sequence: (Gloucester first) 7-0,12-0,19-0,19-3,24-3,29-3, 29-8,34-8,41-8

Scorers: London Irish: Penalties Ryan Lamb, (29) Tries: Hala’ufia (56) Gloucester: Tries: Molenaar(12); Sharples(15,76); Penalty try (22); Hamilton (28); Olly Morgan (36); Qera (72): Conversions: Robinson (2), Burns

London Irish: 15. Topsy Ojo; 14: Adam Thompstone; 13. Seilala Mapusua (Captain) (rep: Elvis Seveali’I, 44); 12. Dan Bowden (rep: Chris Malone,61); 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau (sin binned 22-32); 10. Ryan Lamb; 9. Darren Allinson (rep: Alfredo Lalanne,66); 1. Dan Murphy (rep: Max Lahiff, 61); 2. Brian Blaney (rep: Rob Herring, 49); 3. Paulica Ion (rep: Will Johnson, 57); 4. Nick Kennedy; 5. Kieran Roche; 6. Jamie Gibson (Richard Thorpe, 61); 7. Steffon Armitage; 8.George Stowers (rep: Chris Hala’ufia, 49)

Gloucester: 15. Olly Morgan (rep: Jonny May, 59); 14. Charlie Sharples; 13. Tim Molenaar; 12. Eliota Fuimano-Sapolu; 11. Tom Voyce; 10. Nicky Robinson (Freddie Burns, 53); 9. Dave Lewis (rep: Jordi Pasqualin); 1. Nick Wood (rep: Capdevielle,62); 2. Olivier Azam (rep: Darren Dawidiuk, 40); 3. Rupert Harden (rep: Thomas, 62); 4. Jim Hamilton; 5. Alex Brown (rep: Will James, 66); 6. Peter Buxton (Captain); 7. Andrew Hazell (rep: Qera, 53); 8. Alisdair Strockosch

Referee: Gwyn Morris

Attendance: 10,686