Gloucester 13-10 Wasps: Greig Laidlaw returns to inspire the Cherry and Whites to impressive victory against high-flying Wasps
Gloucester ends a three-and-a-half-year wait for victory over Wasps with a narrow 13-10 Premiership win
The Cherry and Whites held a 10-point lead through Greig Laidlaw’s early penalty and Richard Hibbard’s converted score.
Jimmy Gopperth’s penalty reduced the deficit before Christian Wade’s solo effort levelled the scores
Home skipper Laidlaw kicked his side back in front and Gloucester held out as Wasps fell to only their second away defeat of the season.
Gloucester recorded their first victory over Wasps in four and a half years with an impressive victory at Kingsholm on Saturday.
The win saw the Cherry and Whites move just five points behind their opponents in the Premiership table, with the visitors lacking little threat, although they did take a losing bonus point.
For Wasps, it was just a second defeat on the road this season, but both teams saw players succumb to injury as the game failed to find a rhythm.
With the last action of the game, Jimmy Gopperth tried to kick a drop-goal to get the draw, but his effort failed to get through the posts.
More to follow.
Gloucester: 15 Rob Cook 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Bill Meakes, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Henry Purdy, 10 James Hook, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Jeremy Thrush, 4 Tom Savage, 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Paddy McAllister
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Paul Doran-Jones, 19 Mariano Galarza, 20 Lewis Ludlow, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Billy Burns, 23 Henry Trinder
Wasps: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Charles Piutau, 12 Siale Piutau, 11 Frank Halai, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 George Smith, 6 Thomas Young, 5 Kearnan Myall, 4 James Cannon, 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 2 Edd Shervington, 1 Matt Mullan (c)
Replacements: 16 Ashley Johnson, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Sam Jones, 21 Jamie Stevenson, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Brendan Macken
Date: Saturday, March 5
Venue: Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Luke Pearce
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick, Paul Burton
TMO: David Rose