Gloucester Rugby player ratings v London Irish

Back at Kingsholm and back on a winning streak as Gloucester beat London Irish 36 to 23

In a game that changed hands multiple times, Gloucester’s star attacking players showed their worth towards the final quarter of the match as the Cherry and Whites opened up. Tries from Lloyd Evans, Ollie Thorley, Louis Rees-Zammit, Jack Stanley and Stephen Varney. The younger players made a name for themselves as Gloucester start to find their form again.

Here’s how I rated George Skivington’s men in their bonus point win:

15. Jason Woodward 6

Very good under the high ball and beautiful offload to Thorley for second try. Limped off with an injury at the start of the second half.

14. Ollie Thorley 8

Touched the ball a few times in the first half, and had his time to shine just after 30 minutes scoring the team’s second of the afternoon. Was lucky not to be penalised more after a deliberate knock-on. 

13. Chris Harris 7

Good defensive effort throughout and had some nice little carries across the first half. Was strong throughout the game and a valuable link in attack.

12. Mark Atkinson 8

Didn’t have much ball in the first half, but made a good break and took advantage of the ball when he had it creating space for the second high.

11. Jonny May 8

Knock on early in the game, didn’t have as much ball as he could have in the first half, but had a good game in defence. Opened up the attack during the second half with some lovely phases of play and controlled the game well with his experience.

10. Lloyd Evans 8 

Scored Gloucester’s first try and converted. Some clever kicking trying to open up the game. Had some big boots to fill in the absence of Cipriani but did well to match Paddy Jackson in play. Limped off with an injury midway through the second half.

9. Stephen Varney 9Stand out player

Coped well at the breakdown and offered Gloucester with some quick thinking at times. Irish put pressure on him a lot but he cleared his lines well. Ran in a nice try for the Cherry and White’s fifth of the afternoon. Constantly tried to keep Gloucester moving with some quick ball.

1. Val Rapava-Ruskin 7

Challenged the ball well at the half hour mark and got Gloucester a turnover perfect for an attacking opportunity. Was solid in defence and set-piece.

2. Franco Marais 6

Gave away a penalty at the breakdown which caused quick defensive effort from the rest of the team. Threw well at the line-out and had a good success rate and protected the ball at the breakdown.

3. Fraser Balmain 7

Had a very good defensive game, 10 tackles in the first half and was in and around the breakdown constantly throughout. Brought some good experience.

4. Ed Slater 6

Good performances at set-piece but quiet throughout the first half. Went off early in the second half with a nasty head injury. 

5. Matt Garvey 8

Always in and around the breakdown holding the defence for Gloucester. Did some good unseen work throughout and made some big hits. Earned a great attacking opportunity for the cherry and whites.

6.Jack Clement 8

Some powerful carries for the young back-row and put in a good defensive shift with some big tackles and protected the ball well at the breakdown throughout the game.

7. Lewis Ludlow © 7

Gave away penalty at lineout early in the first half. Defensively was good, but not his best performance in a Cherry and White shirt.

8. Jake Polledri 8

Conceded two early penalties, but made lovely intercept and carry for Gloucester’s first try. Was constantly hunting for the ball at the breakdown and trying to turn the ball over for Gloucester.


16. Jack Singleton 6

Confident in set piece and was good in attacking support for the Cherry and Whites and protecting the ball. 

17. Corne Fourie 6

Gave away a penalty for offside late into the game. Made a couple of good hits. 

18. Jack Stanley 7

Within minutes of him being on the field he scored Gloucester’s bonus point try with a lovely carry to the line.

19. Ruan Ackermann 6

Played as lock in the scrum, which unsettled Gloucester’s scrum. Offered some good experience into the side and kept the defence in check.  

20. Jordy Reid 7

Starting to find his feet in a Cherry and White shirt with some big tackles and high energy defensive work. Had a beautiful break for the Cherry and White’s fifth try. Starting to fit the Gloucester mould very well.

21. Joe Simpson 6

Played on the wing as Varney kept the control at scrum half. Had a couple of touches with the ball but mainly spent time in sport for attack.

22. Billy Twelvetrees 9

Made some good tackles and held well in defence. Offered some experience to the side and guided them well in the absence of Cipriani 

23. Louis Rees-Zammit 8 

 Had a few carries and showed his pace to full advantage when scoring Gloucester’s try and outran Hassell-Collins. Showed how vital he is in attack for Gloucester. Played well at full-back, which could appear to be his preferred position.


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