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Ackermann’s Gloucester demolish Agen


There was some similarities in the way Gloucester demolished Agen on Thursday night with how the Lions have done in Super Rugby under the coaching of Johan Ackermann.

The final score was 61-16 with Gloucester scoring 9 tries to the 1 of Agen in which they led 29-9 at the break.

Branden Holder was the only one that crossed for Agen late on with a mistake from Gloucester in the wet.

Gloucester had a try bonus-point in the bag by half-time in front of their home fans as Vellacott, Trinder, Morgan and Savage all crossed. Burns kicked well off the tee too with Agen scrum-half Hugo Verdu contributing their only points, via three well hit penalties to make it 28-9.

It took Gloucester five minutes to open their account as Morgan’s peel blind off a maul led to Vellacott finishing well after a nice step.

Verdu though hit back with a long-range penalty to make it 7-3 on 13 minutes before Gloucester were over again, this time it was in-form centre Trinder going in on the left for a 14-3 advantage. The Cherry and Whites were looking dangerous every time they touched the ball.

Morgan was their next try scorer on 22 minutes, but Verdu responded again off the tee with two further penalties, meaning it was now 21-9.

But Savage’s solid carry to the whitewash made it 28-9 with Burns’ conversion as Gloucester went in with the job all but done at Kinghsolm.

Gloucester thought they had extended their lead on 42 minutes but wing David Halaifonua had a foot in touch in-goal in the act of scoring.

However, Halaifonua turned provider on 49 minutes with a good break from halfway leading to Purdy getting the offload en route to the posts.

That opened the floodgates as Williams was next to score after Burns’ smart grubber led to Purdy putting the ball inside to his team-mate.

42-9 became 47-9 on 56 minutes when Halaifonua’s strong carry saw the ball come loose and Vellacott was quickest to dive on the loose ball.

Agen were now wishing for the final whistle and a yellow card for prop Corentin Chabeaudie didn’t help their cause, with Hibbard the Cherry and Whites’ eighth try scorer before the visitors finally crossed, Holder grubbering ahead a loose ball before diving on it over the line.

But Gloucester would have the final say through young flanker Polledri to put the seal on a handsome victory that saw Vellacott named man of the match.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:
Tries: Vellacott 2, Trinder, Morgan, Savage, Purdy, Williams, Hibbard, Polledri
Cons: Burns 6, Williams 2

For Agen:
Try: Holder
Con: Russell
Pens: Verdu 3
Yellow Card: Chabeaudie

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