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WANDERERS 49 GLOUCESTER 9 Top place ensures home semi with Quins

Vasily Artemyev's second half double helped the Wanderers to an emphatic win © Getty Images

Match Report WANDERERS 49 GLOUCESTER 9 Top place ensures home semi with Quins

The Wanderers booked a home semi-final in the Aviva ‘A’ League with a crushing defeat of Gloucester in their Northern Conference showdown at Franklin’s Gardens. Six scorers produced seven tries to ensure Quins will be the visitors when the last four is played out at the Gardens for the third straight season.

KO
Action underway and the Wanderers are already looking lively, running the kick off back with promise
WAND 0 GLOS 0

5mins
Gloucester threaten first though and after a couple of penalties to touch are well defended by the hosts, a third is kicked by Billy Burns
WAND 0 GLOS 3

6mins
The lead doesn’t last long, Verbakel poaching back the restart and Diggin sent over in the left corner for an immediate repost
WAND 5 GLOS 3

9mins
The Wanderers double their tally for the evening, a smart kick by Glynn forcing Glos to kick to touch and from the 22, a strong maul ends with Ethan breaking from the back and holding off the last defender. Glenn hits an upright with the conversion
WAND 10 GLOS 3

13mins
Gloucester struggling to hold the Wandies back and a fine piece of running from Stephenson gives them field position. A penalty is quick in coming too and Glenn doesn’t waste the chance, smashing it between the sticks
WAND 13 GLOS 3

18mins
Wanderers crush a couple of Gloucester scrums but referee Caton adjudges their attempts to nick it on the ground illegal and Burns slots a second penalty of the evening
WAND 13 GLOS 6

20mins
Great hands and powerful running from Harrison as he goes through a gap and when the Glos tackler fails to release 5m from the line it’s another penalty landed by Glenn. A yellow for the Cherry and Whites’ Woodburn too
WAND 16 GLOS 6

29mins
A good attacking chance ends with no points for the Wanderers and when Glos get their turn, it’s another three for Burns as defenders go in at the side looking to wrap the ball up
WAND 16 GLOS 9

32mins
HUGE scrum from the Wanderers inexplicably goes unrewarded and after Glenn’s half break takes them closer to the line a dart is held up in the corner. Glos turnover the scrum and clear with a penalty but the Wanderers have every right to feel hard done
WAND 16 GLOS 9

40+1mins
Powerful break from Verbakel gets the Wanderers right where they want to be and with men over on the left, they take their time to put Harrison over in first half added time. Glenn converts
WAND 23 GLOS 9

41mins
Super high ball from Glynn is tapped back by Packman and after a pacy burst from hooker Williams, the young wing is back in support to dive over emphatically. Bonus point in the bag and Glenn converts
WAND 30 GLOS 9

47mins
Just one more point needed to guarantee the home semi and the Wanderers might have one eye on overall tries scored, with the final venue decided by that parameter. As it stands Bath (24) and Quins (23) lead the way in the Southern Conference with the Wanderers on 22
WAND 30 GLOS 9

49mins
…make that 23 as Artemyev slides in on the right. Wanderers putting their foot to the floor now and replace Williams, Verbakel, Ethan, Denman and Waldouck with Marshall, Craig, Warren, Parkins and Hooley. Meanwhile, Glenn converts
WAND 37 GLOS 9

58mins
Heavy carrying work from Warren in midfield creates an overlap on the left and Hooley fizzes a pass into Artemyev to send the Russian searing through. His second of the evening, the Wanderers sixth and Glenn has his kicking boots on for the conversion. Nutley and Glynn have been replaced by Betts and Day
WAND 44 GLOS 9

67mins
Packman has departed after another lively showing, Olver his replacement on the home side. Not long until try number seven is in the bag, Craig breaking down the side of a ruck after Hooley nicked a loose ball back for the Wanderers  
WAND 49 GLOS 9

FT
Job emphatically and impressively done and a home Aviva ‘A’ League date with Quins is now assured. Far from counting any chickens, but should the Wanderers come through their third straight knockout tie at the Gardens, it will be a home final too courtesy of their 25 tries in the Northern Conference
WAND 49 GLOS 9

TIMELINE
5mins GLOS Pen Burns 0-3
6mins WAND Try Diggin 5-3
9mins WAND Try Ethan 10-3
13mins WAND Pen G Dickson 13-3
18mins GLOS Pen Burns 13-6
20mins GLOS Yellow Woodburn
21mins WAND Pen G Dickson 16-6
29mins GLOS Pen Burns 16-9
40+1mins WAND Try Harrison Con G Dickson 23-9
HALF-TIME WAND 23 GLOS 9
41mins WAND Try Packman Con G Dickson 30-9
49mins WAND Try Artemyev Con G Dickson 37-9
58mins WAND Try Artemyev Con G Dickson 44-9
69mins WAND Try Craig 49-9
FULL-TIME WAND 49 GLOS 9

WAND - Artemyev; Packman, Stephenson, Waldouck, Diggin; G Dickson, Glynn; E Waller, Williams, Denman, Verbakel, Woolford, Harry, Harrison, Nutley

Reps - Marshall, Warren, Parkins, Craig, Betts, A Day, Olver, Hooley

GLOS - Thomas; Reynolds, Norman, Roberts, Cheshire; Burns, Boughton; Gibbons, George, Heard, Hill, Hicks, Moriarty, Woodburn, Ludlow

Reps - Sinclair, Britton, Litchfield, Linsell, Kind, Ellis, Evans, Crossley

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