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Gloucester 23-9 London Irish

Gloucester (16) 23
Tries: Narraway, Qera Cons: Robinson 2 Pens: Robinson 3

London Irish (6) 9
Pens: Malone 2, Homer

Luke Narraway
Luke Narraway scored a try for Gloucester in the first half

A Luke Narraway try pushed Gloucester up to third in the Premiership with a comfortable victory over London Irish.

Nicky Robinson (two) and Chris Malone traded penalties, before Gloucester took control with Narraway's score.

Robinson added another penalty, while Tom Homer kicked one for the visitors to close the gap to 16-6 at half-time.

Malone's second penalty reduced the arrears, but Akapusi Qera's second-half try put the gloss on the home side's ninth win of the season.

Gloucester boss Bryan Redpath:

"We had to be patient and not force the game and our work ethic as a team was outstanding.

"There was great effort and commitment, especially in defence, and we were disciplined around the contact area.

"I am chuffed for the players. We had a short turnaround after the Wasps game last Sunday and, if a couple more passes had stuck in the first half, we could have gone in with more of a lead."

Irish head coach Toby Booth:
"It was a good tussle but Gloucester took their chances and we didn't.

"Once we got into the danger zone we didn't convert what we created. Gloucester are on the up and we are perhaps striving a little too much to make it happen.

"I don't think we are lacking in accuracy - we are lacking in composure."

Gloucester: Morgan; Sharples, Molenaar, Fuimaono-Sapolu, Voyce; Robinson, R Lawson; Wood, S Lawson, Doran-Jones; James, Hamilton; Buxton, Hazell, Narraway.

Replacements: Lewis for R Lawson (55), Azam for S Lawson (68), Harden for Doran-Jones (68), Strokosch for James (62), Qera for Hazell (24).
Not Used: Thomas, Burns, May.

Sin Bin: Lewis (74).

London Irish: Ojo; Thompstone, Bowden, Mapusua, Homer; Malone, Allinson; Dermody, Buckland, Rautenbach; Kennedy, Low; Roche, Gibson, Stowers.

Replacements: Corbisiero for Dermody (55), Ion for Rautenbach (55), G. Johnson for Low (60), Thorpe for Roche (60).
Not Used: Herring, Watson, Joseph, Lamb.

Sin Bin: Dermody (28).

Att: 11,500

Ref: David Rose (RFU).

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see also
Guscott's predictions
20 Feb 11 |  English
Wasps 9-10 Gloucester
13 Feb 11 |  English
London Irish 23-14 Newcastle
12 Feb 11 |  English

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