Gloucester Rugby player ratings from Wasps defeat – ‘Lacklustre’

The lacklustre Gloucester Rugby fell short 27-21 as they were hosts to Wasps Rugby in the 22nd round of the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday.

With just four rounds left before the play-offs, it was a significant loss for George Skivington’s semi-final chasing men in a low scoring and tight game. Two penalties from Adam Hastings gave the hosts the lead going into half-time.

However, three second-half tries from Jacob Umaga, Gabriel Oghre and Charlie Atkinson saw the lead slip away from the West Country outfit. A superb individual try from Kyle Moyle and a penalty try saw the Cherry and Whites close the gap to three points, but a monstrous drop goal from Wasps Scrum-half Dan Robson helped the visitors see this game out 27-21.

Rugby writer Harry Royle gives his player ratings from the close encounter:

15. Kyle Moyle – 7

For the best part of the game he wasn’t involved in a great deal. He fielded the high-balls well and tried to offer moments in attack but not a lot came from him.

However, his outrageous solo try in the second half really helped Gloucester in the latter stages of the game where they could’ve won.

14. Santiago Carreras – 6

A quiet game for the Argentine flyer who struggled to really show his dynamic game.

Carries were few and far between with him only managing 29 meters before he was subbed off for Tom Seabrook.

13. Chris Harris – 8

In a frustrating game, Harris was by far the Cherry and Whites’ best back and top performer.

He tried his best to get a front-foot ball with multiple carries both through the middle and down the line. His ability to read Wasps’ attack was something special and his time away at the Six Nations has only improved him.

12. Mark Atkinson – 6

The extended break didn’t do any favorites for Gloucester’s big number 12.

A couple of up-front charges to the line early on was about all Atkinson brought to the table; was substituted during the half-time break.

11. Louis Rees-Zammit – 6

Similar to Carreras and many of the other players Zammit was lacking energy and found it hard to implement his style of playing. Copped a yellow card in the second half for a deliberate knock-on which didn’t help his score or game.

10. Adam Hastings – 6

Unlike Harris, Hastings ‘time away with Scotland seeds to have a negative impact on him as Wasps’ defense was able to shut him down time and time again. Allowed the ball to bounce and gave away field position which could’ve gone worse if the bounce of the ball was more forgiving for Wasps. Kicked from three from four off the tee.

9. Ben Meehan – 5

His first outing since the 12th of March and it’ll be a performance the Aussie will want to forget. He was beaten on the inside by Will Porter early on and his box kicking was not great. A charged down box-kick by Jack Willis almost lead to a Wasps try just before halftime.

1. Val Rapava-Ruskin- 6

Dominant at scrum time but that was about it for the loosehead prop who wasn’t up to his usual antics.

Didn’t offer a lot in attack and wasn’t as domination in defense as he has been in the past. A soft tackle attempt on Alfie Barbeary almost lead to a try scoring opportunity.

2. Jack Singleton- 6

Started his game off strongly with abrupt carries and effective defense and off course he aided his two props when it came to dismantling the Wasps scrum. However, he did get yellow-carded for driving up in the scrum one too many times.

3. Fraser Balmain – 7

Almost mirroring his loosehead colleague he was dominant at scrum-time getting the better of Tom West on numerous occasions.

Was a nuisance in defense getting himself a couple turnovers at ruck time for his troubles.

4. Freddie Clarke – 6

Gave strong foundations for his front-row in the scrum and was part of the maul that got the penalty try but was fairly average around the park. No spectacular carries or dominant hits from the Gloucester lock.

5. Matias Alemanno- 6

The theme of low energy and a lack of umph throughout the Gloucester team also passed through the Argentinian international’s game as well. Apart from scrummaging well, like Clarke he was quiet for the entirety of his performance

6. Jordy Reid – 6

Another player who seeded to be struggling to get back to match intensity following the two weeks off. In what was a stop-start game, Reid struggled to get a foothold in both defense and attack.

7. Lewis Ludlow – 7

Another hearty performance from the captain who did his best to try to motivate and light that spark his team were missing. Worked hard around the park and made his tackles but it wasn’t enough in the end.

8. Ruan Ackermann – 7

Carried hard and tackled harder but the South African was another player to add to the list of players who looked tired and struggling to keep up with the pace of the Wasps.

He didn’t disgrace himself though, they made 15 carries with one of them being a big carry on Brad Shields.

Replacements

16. Santiago Socino 6

17. Harry Elrington 6

18. Kirill Gotovtsev 6

19. Andrew Davidson 6

20. Ben Morgan 6

21. Charlie Chapman 6

22. Billy Twelvetrees 7

23. Tom Seabrook n / a



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