London Irish 24-20 Gloucester Rugby, Madejski Stadium
Ollie Hassell-Collins came up with a four-try performance as London Irish edged out Gloucester Rugby 24-20 in their Gallagher Premiership face off at Madejski Stadium.
The win has taken the Exiles to the fifth place in the table while Gloucester are at seventh place.
Billy Twelvetrees started the proceedings with a 10th minute penalty goal but a combination of Nick Phipps and Stephen Myler sent Hassell-Collins over the line in the 13th minute and few minutes later he scored his second after going past Charlie Chapman as the first half finished with a 10-3 scoreline.
The home side were quick to get off the block in the second half when Hassell-Collins completed his hat-trick and Stephen Myler, who missed the conversion on the first two attempts kicked the extras this time to make it 17-3.
The Cherry and Whites made a strong comeback with back to back tries from Chapman (50') and Ollie Thorley (56') bringing them to a two point deficit but Hassell-Collins' fourth try made the scoreline 24-15. Louis Rees-Zammit with a 71st minute try gave Gloucester hope but eventually went on to lose the game by four points.
"I'm over the moon as it's the first time I've scored four as in my early years I played mostly at centre for the Newbury club," said Ollie Hassell-Collins.
"My job is to finish and I'm grateful to the boys inside me for giving me the chances. The second one probably gave me the greatest pleasure as it was the most difficult to score."
Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it can only be the Gallagher Premiership.
12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.
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