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Last Updated: Saturday, 31 May, 2003, 14:15 GMT 15:15 UK
Clockwatch: Gloucester 3-39 Wasps
Follow the action from Wasps' 39-3 demolition of Gloucester in the Zurich Premiership final.


Scores and major incidents

1713 BST: Referee Tony Spreadbury blows the whistle and Wasps are champions. Warren Gatland's side fully deserve their victory after a dominant performance but Gloucester will feel aggrieved having finished the season 15 points clear in the league.

71 mins: Gloucester's Peter Buxton drops the ball in midfield and Joe Worsley gathers before gleefully diving over the line. The impeccable Alex King kicks the conversion.
Gloucester 3-39 Wasps

Josh Lewsey
Lewsey scores his and Wasps' second try
70 mins: Fly-half Ludovic Mercier, playing his last game for Gloucester before returning to France, goes off injured.

65 mins: Gloucester, for once, secure a strong attacking position by winning a lineout close to Wasps' line. But they are again undone by a combination of poor handling and strong Wasps defence as Marcel Garvey knocks on in midfield.

53 mins: Alex King, who has been the outstanding player on show, takes his personal tally to 22 points with a sixth penalty. The final has turned into a procession.
Gloucester 3-32 Wasps

47 mins: The Wasps forwards soften up the Gloucester defence before King strikes a drop goal. The score gives Wasps an almost unassailable lead.
Gloucester 3-29 Wasps

45 mins: Alex King punishes Andy Gomarsall's indiscretion by kicking his fifth penalty from five attempts.
Gloucester 3-26 Wasps

43 mins: Gomarsall is stupidly sin-binned for punching Alex King in front of the referee. But King is fortunate to not be punished after holding onto the ball after the tackle.

1632: Ludovic Mercier kicks off the second-half for Gloucester, who are looking to get an early score to claw their way back into the match.


1615: Gloucester, who finished the season 15 points clear of Wasps in the Zurich Premiership table, go off in disarray at half-time. They have been second best to Wasps in every facet of the game and need to improve dramatically to stand a chance of claiming the title.
Half-time: Gloucester 3-23 Wasps

40 mins: Josh Lewsey scores his and Wasps' second try of the match. The England full-back shapes to pass, sending Marcel Garvey the wrong way, and then bursts through to score from close range. Wasps are threatening to run away with the Premiership title.
Gloucester 3-23 Wasps

37 mins: Gloucester enjoy a rare spell of possession but the Wasps defence is unbreachable. Scrum-half Andy Gomarsall is eventually forced to send a grubber kick into touch.

28 mins: Gomarsall clears after a chaotic period of play from Gloucester. The Cherry and Whites secure only scrappy ball from a lineout and then drop several passes before the England scrum-half eventually clears.

19 mins: King, who is in inspired form, scores with a beautifully-struck drop-goal to extend Wasps' lead.
Gloucester 3-16 Wasps

16 mins: Wasps continue to dominate and their big-hitters like Lawrence Dallaglio make inroads into the Gloucester defence. The ball is eventually fed back to King but the fly-half's drop-goal attempt goes wide.

12 mins: King, who has been in excellent form in recent weeks, extends Wasps' lead. Gloucester look rusty after their three-week lay-off.
Gloucester 3-13 Wasps

9 mins: Wasps fly-half King restores his side's seven-point lead with a coolly struck penalty.
Gloucester 3-10 Wasps

4 mins: Ludovic Mercier calms Gloucester's nerves by kicking a straight-forward penalty.
Gloucester 3-7 Wasps

2 mins: Wasps make a sensational start. England new boy Stuart Abbott cuts through the Gloucester midfield and feeds full-back Josh Lewsey, who goes in under the posts. King kicks the conversion.
Gloucester 0-7 Wasps

1530: Wasps kick off at sun-drenched Twickenham.


Team news:

Gloucester suffer a major blow before kick-off as England prop Trevor Woodman is ruled out with an ankle injury.

His place in the Cherry and Whites front row is taken by Argentine Rodrigo Roncero.

Scrum-half Rob Howley and hooker Trevor Leota return for Wasps after being rested against Bath last weekend.

And Scotland international Kenny Logan takes over from John Rudd on the wing.

Rudd suffered a hamstring strain against Bath and misses out on a place in the Wasps squad.

Gloucester (from): T Delport, M Garvey, J Simpson-Daniel, T Fanolua, H Paul, R Todd, L Mercier, S Amor, A Gomarsall, C Stuart-Smith, R Roncero, P Vickery, A Deacon, O Azam, C Collins, A Eustace, R Fidler, M Cornwell, J Boer, P Buxton, A Hazell, J Paramore.

Wasps: M van Gisbergen; J Lewsey, F Waters, S Abbott, K Logan; A King, R Howley; C Dowd, T Leota, W Green, S Shaw, R Birkett, J Worsley, P Volley, L Dallaglio (capt).
Replacements: M Wood, P Greening, M Denney, A Erinle, M Lock, P Scrivener, A McKenzie.

Referee: Tony Spreadbury.




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