Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors match report

Gloucester left it late, but finally break their losing streak on the clubs 500th Premiership game as they go into Christmas with a 36-6 win.

Five tries within 20 minutes saw Gloucester turn around a miserable first half performance and run away with the win after finally finding their feet. They could have had seven tries, but two disallowed in the first half saw them settle with five. 

Winger, Louis Rees-Zammit showed how crucial he is proving to the Cherry and Whites after being involved in three of the tries and picking up the man of the match award.

The five second half tries were the difference between the two sides, as Gloucester will be thankful of their late victory as they finally have another win on the table and move up to third place.

Worcester opened the scoring through Duncan Weir with a penalty in front of the posts, as the visitors controlled the game early on in the match. 

England scrum half Willi Heniz made his first appearance since the World Cup but was welcomed back to Kingsholm with a disallowed try. He chased Louis Rees-Zammit’s kick ahead, but was caught offside. 

The home side had another opportunity to push over the line but were disallowed their second try of the evening as No.8 Ben Morgan dropped the ball. 

Both fly-halves traded missed penalty kicks in the play that followed, as both sides found themselves giving penalties away.  

Gloucester had three attacking penalty opportunities late in the first half, but failed to capitalise on any. Worcester were the ones who came away points through a penalty of their own after Franco Mostert knocked the ball on at try time. 

Worcester’s defence held strong to deny Gloucester of any points, until the final second of the first half, when Danny Cipriani levelled the scores with a penalty kick.

Worcester’s Ryan Mills found himself on the referees naughty list in the second half, after he was yellow carded for being off his feet at the breakdown. 

Gloucester finally found the try-line without any assistance from the officials as Ruan Ackermann scored under the posts to put a Christmas cracker in the game, with Cipriani adding the extras. 

Soon after, Rees-Zammit showed his excellence, as a beautiful pass found the hands of Chris Harris who scored the second try of the evening as things started to get a bit livelier.

The youngster proved his talent moments later as the momentum started to shift as he went over in the corner to score the Cherry and Whites third of the evening.

Ben Morgan scored the all-important bonus point try after phases of attacking pressure by the Cherry and Whites broke the Worcester defence to light up the Kingsholm crowd. 

Winger, Rees-Zammit scored his brace on the stroke of full time, running in the final try out wide as he completed the Christmas try festivities and with the successful conversion from Cipriani, Gloucester have themselves an early Christmas present. 

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