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Gloucester's 'A' side maintain 100 per cent Zurich 'A' League record

16 December 2003

Gloucester's 'A' side maintained their 100 per cent Zurich 'A' League record with a convincing 28-10 win over Harlequins on Monday evening.

Gloucester started the first half on the back foot with Harlequins pressuring through the forwards and taking the lead with a Jarvis penalty after six minutes.

The Cherry and Whites soon got back into the game with a well worked forwards try after 15 minutes. The pack drove a maul 30 metres in the Quins half and number eight Nick Southern touched down.

The Cherry and Whites second try came four minutes later. Gloucester won Quins line-out ball inside the visitor's half and drove through their defence. The ball came out wide through the back-line and left wing Fraser Pimlow touched down.

The rest of the first period was an evenly matched affair. Gloucester's key players to stand out were James Merriman and Jon Goodridge.

Right winger Goodridge picked a ball up, chipped, chased, and gathered and caused the Quins defence all sorts of problems.

Open-side flanker Merriman was a constant menace to the Quins side with a number of powerful breaks.

The second half saw Gloucester get caught early on when a Jarvis cross field kick caught Teague out in defence and Brown touched down.

The Cherry and Whites struck back on 62 minutes with a lovely touch down from Brad Davies. The fly-half broke from the Quins 22 and dived over.

Full-back Teague rounded off the scoring with a well-worked backs move in injury time to maintain Gloucester's 100 per cent Zurich 'A' league record