Gloucester have strengthened their Gallagher Premiership top-four ambitions with a 29-7 victory away against third placed Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop.
The four tries from Jason Woodward, Ruan Ackermann, Tom Marshall and the bonus point score from Danny Cipriani brings the West Country team to within two points of Paul Gustard’s side.
Gloucester came off the better of the two sides in the first half despite being without their winger Marshall for ten minutes after he saw yellow for a deliberate knock on.
It was through the 28-year-old that the first try was set up; the man in the number 14 shirt joining forces with full back Woodward who eventually went over the white wash.
Quins will regret not taking the handful of chances that were presented to them during Marshall’s absents. Alex Dombrant’s knock the worse of the home sides mistakes during that period.
Having been released from England’s training camp, Ollie Thorley showed his amazing footwork with a break from his own 22, which in the end was the platform that the Cherry & Whites built off to score their second try.
A long floating pass from Danny Cipriani setting up Ackermann in the left corner. Both tries being converted by Billy Twelvetrees.
Harlequins gave away a simple penalty right in front of the posts five minutes before half time which Twelvetrees kicked over with ease to lead his side into the changing rooms at half time leading 17-0.
Joe Marchant saw yellow ten minutes into the second half after a high tackle on Thorley in Quins half.
The penalty which came from the yellow card, saw Marshall go over to score Gloucester’s third of the afternoon after the ball came out the back of the rolling maul and through the hands of the backs. Twelvetrees failed to land the conversion, Harlequins 0-22 Gloucester.
A well-deserved scrum on Quins’ five-metre line after some persistent defence by the Cherry & Whites pack, saw captain Heinz come away with the ball and Cipriani going over to score the visitors fourth try. This time Twelvetrees landed the extras to extend his sides lead to 29-0.
Earle scored a late try for Quins after a break down the right wing and a saw him go over in the corner. Replacement fly half Marcus Smith, kicked the extras to bring the scores to 7-29.
Despite a late chance for a late try thanks to a Callum Braley break for the visitors, the scores on the final whistle were Harlequins 7-29 Gloucester.
Gloucester’s next match is at home to Wasps in two weeks’ time, whilst Harlequins travel away to face local rivals Saracens.