FULL-TIME: Gloucester 41 London Irish 8By Alan Manicom
February 05, 2011
London Irish crashed out of the LV= Cup after conceding seven tries at Kingsholm.
Gloucester stormed into a 29-3 half-time lead thanks to touchdowns from centre Tim Molenaar, winger Charlie Sharples, lock Jim Hamilton, full-back Olly Morgan and a penalty try.
Exiles rallied briefly after the break when Chris Hala'Ufia powered over to add to Ryan Lamb's first-half penalty against his former club.
But Irish were swept aside by two more Gloucester tries, Akapusi Qera storming over and Sharples grabbing his second of the day.
Nicky Robinson contributed a couple of conversions for Gloucester before being replaced at fly-half by Freddie Burns, who kicked the final two points of the match.
To see how the match unfolded, click below.
George Stowers came in at No. 8 for Irish in place of Hala'Ufia in the only change to the side that beat Northampton Saints 37-20 last Sunday.
Gloucester, who clinched the victory that guarantees them a place in the semi-finals, welcomed back Morgan and Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, but were without the injured Lesley Vainikolo.
In the pack Nick Wood, Alex Brown and Andy Hazell all started, while back-row forward Peter Buxton returned to skipper the side.
Gloucester: 15 Olly Morgan, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Tim Molenaar, 12 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, 11 Tom Voyce, 10 Nicky Robinson, 9 Dave Lewis, 8 Alasdair Strokosch 7 Andrew Hazell, 6 Peter Buxton (c), 5 Alex Brown, 4 Jim Hamilton, 3 Rupert Harden, 2 Olivier Azam, 1 Nick Wood.
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Pierre Capdevielle, 19 Will James, 20 Akapusi Qera, 21 Jordi Pasqualin, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Jonny May.
London Irish: 15 Topsy Ojo, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Seilala Mapusua (c), 12 Dan Bowden, 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Darren Allinson, 8 George Stowers, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Kieran Roche, 4 Nick Kennedy, 3 Paulica Ion, 2 Brian Blaney, 1 Dan Murphy.
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Will Johnson, 18 Max Lahiff, 19 Chris Hala'ufia, 20 Richard Thorpe, 21 Elvis Seveali'i, 22 Chris Malone, 23 Alfredo Lalanne.
Referee: Gwyn Morris (Wales).