Match Centre: Gloucester Rugby 21-27 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth kicked nine points
Jimmy Gopperth kicked nine points

Gloucester Rugby 21-27 Wasps, Kingsholm

Wasps scored three second half tries as they edged out Gloucester 27-21 in their latest Gallagher Premiership clash at Kingsholm on Saturday.

This is 10th win for Wasps as they accumulated 52 points while Gloucester's chances of breaking into top four has taken a dent with Northampton and Exeter claiming bonus point victories.

Gloucester Rugby had been ahead, taking a narrow 6-0 lead at the break after a cagey opening 40 minutes. Thanks to two penalty kicks from Adam Hastings that came in the 15th and 36th minutes.

With the break approaching, Wasps were down to 14 players temporarily with Gabriel Oghre sin-binned but despite the setback they scored the opening try of the game five minutes into the second half as Jacob Umaga dotted down and in the 52nd minute Oghre followed the suit making it 6-14.

The 53rd minute saw Kyle Moyle chipped the ball and collected to go over for the opening try of the Cherry and Whites and Hastings, who missed the conversion made amends with a penalty goal as the scores were levelled 14-14 by the end of the third quarter.

Gloucester's momentum was hampered with Louis Rees-Zammit yellow carded in the 64th minute and immediately Wasps hit back through Charlie Atkinson's try and Gopperth followed with the conversion to provide the visitors with a seven-point lead.

Infringements continued to hamper both the sides with this time referee Matthew Carley yellow carded Dan Frost after Gloucester had a powerful driving maul and to make things worse the hosts were awarded a penalty try as the scores were levelled 21-21 before Dan Robson's drop goal and Gopperth's penalty goal in the final five minutes proved to be the difference between the two sides as Wasps sealed a six-point victory.

Team line up:

Gloucester: Moyle, Carreras, Harris, Atkinson, Rees-Zammit, Hastings, Meehan; Rapava-Ruskin, Singleton, Balmain, Clarke, Alemanno, Reid, Ludlow, Ackermann.

Reserves: Socino, Elrington, Gotovtsev, Davidson, Morgan, Chapman, Twelvetrees, Seabrook.

Wasps: Umaga, Odogwu, Fekitoa, Gopperth, Bassett, Atkinson, Porter; West, Oghre, Alo, Launchbury, Stooke, Sheilds, J. Willis, Barbeary.

Reserves: Frost, Harris, Millar-Mills, Fifita, T Willis, Robson, Spink, Kibirige.

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