Gloucester Rugby 39-15 London Irish, Kingsholm
Billy Burns scored a double as Gloucester went on to beat London Irish 39-15 in their Aviva Premiership face-off at Kingsholm on Saturday.
Gloucester was greatly aided by a red card to David Paice at the stroke of half time and now move to the second position in the table behind Exeter Chiefs while London Irish continue to remain at the bottom after suffering their ninth defeat from 10 games this season.
Burns, who had a good outing set up the opening try for Gloucester which saw flanker Lewis Ludlow go past the line and converted by Billy Twelvetrees.
London Irish's reply came through a penalty from Tommy Bell in the 13th minute but Twelvetrees capitalised on infringements from the visitors with back to back penalties to make it 13-3.
However, Irish, the Premiership basement side, fought back into the game. An attacking line-out was taken well and, after a rumbling maul, Petrus du Plessis was driven over with the try going unconverted.
The Cherry and Whites did have complete control with Burns scoring tries on either side of half time that was separated by a red card to Paice for tackling Willi Heinz off the ball.
Having a one man short and already down 27-8, London Irish suffered further when Polledri was put away by Twelvetrees to scamper 35 metres for his side's bonus point try.
However, Irish had the next say when they drove to the homeline for Paulo to dive over from a metre, with Bell adding the conversion.
Indeed, the Exiles showed plenty of grit and endeavour as the final quarter arrived but any hope they had of getting anything from the game was snuffed out when a Burns cross-kick was caught by Purdy to score in the corner for the icing on the cake.
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