Nine-try Gloucester trounce Agen 61-16 at Kingsholm

Jet-heeled scrum-half Ben Vellacott, left, was named man of the match
Jet-heeled scrum-half Ben Vellacott, left, was named man of the match

Gloucester Rugby 61-16 Agen, Kingsholm Stadium

Gloucester Warriors ran a nine-try riot as they secured their first win in the ongoing season of European Challenge Cup tournament after beating Agen 61-16 at Kingsholm Stadium on Thursday.

Agen, who entered the game with a 45-10 victory over Zebre in the opening round, fielded a young and weakened team against the Cherry and Whites that were put to test under rainy conditions at the venue.

Scrum half Ben Vellacott (4'), centre Henry Trinder (15'), Ben Morgan (21') and Tom Savage (35') were the try scorers for the home side in the first half while Billy Burns slotted all the four conversions to take them to 28 points.

Agen's response in the first 40 minutes came only through Hugo Verdu, who kicked three penalties as they trailed by 19 points at half time.

The onslaught from Gloucester continued in the second half as well as Henry Purdy (48'), Owen Williams (50'), Vellacott (56'), Richard Hibbard (64') and Jake Polledri (72') all went past the line. Burns and Williams also added the extras on two occasions each to take their tally to 61 points.

Agen, on the other hand, suffered a sin-bin to Corentin Braendlin in the 61st minute and managed to get their first try through Branden Holder seven minutes later but succumbed to a massive 45 point defeat.

The win has taken Gloucester to top of Pool 3 while Agen are positioned second.


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