Home team Away Team


  • Penalty, Trinder,
    Penalty goals: Mills, Cook (4),
    Conversions: Cook (2),
29 - 23


  • Grove, Matavesi,
    Penalty goals: Gray, Goode (2),
    Conversions: Goode (2),
  • Aviva Premiership
  • 22nd Feb 2013
  • KO 19:45
  • Ground: Kingsholm
  • Att: 14,362

Aviva Premiership: Errie Claassens sent off as Gloucester edge Worcester thanks to penalty try

Last updated: 22nd February 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Gloucester pair Jonny May and Henry Trinder

Jonny May and Henry Trinder celebrate

Henry Trinder Gloucester v Worcester

Henry Trinder breaks away for Gloucester try

Related links



Also see

A penalty try in the final minute gave Gloucester a thrilling 29-23 victory over Worcester at Kingsholm to keep their play-off hopes going strong.

With Worcester one point in front, referee David Rose awarded a penalty try for Gloucester just 20 seconds from the end after deciding to send off Errie Claassens who had tripped flying winger Jonny May as he raced towards a certain try.

A competitive encounter between two local rivals saw the Cherry and Whites hold a narrow 13-10 advantage at half time after both sides had crossed the try line once each.

Joshua Matavesi crossed for Gloucester on 36 minutes despite the Warriors being down to 14 men after Sam Betty had been sent to the sin-bin.

Henry Trinder responded for the hosts, who had another six points from two early penalties by Robert Cook to thank for their lead.

Two more penalties early in the second half from Cook and Ryan Mills gave Gloucester a nine-point advantage, but Andy Goode responded with his second penalty before the visitors then took the lead on the hour mark.


Alex Grove crossed for Worcester after picking off a loose pass and racing 20 metres, and Goode's conversion made it 20-19.

An exciting finale saw Cook put Gloucester back in front but for Danny Gray to restore a one-point advantage for Worcester with a penalty of his own and the score was then 23-22 with just seven minutes left to play.

Just as Gloucester looked like holding on, they suffered late heartbreak with just 20 seconds left to play as May burst away on the left flank.

As he reached the visitors' 22 he attempted to step inside full-back Claasens, who stuck out a leg and felled the flying wing with a trip.

After taking lengthy advice from the TMO, referee Rose pulled out the red card for Claasens for a deliberate trip, and also warded the penalty try, which Cook converted with the last kick of the game.

The controversial ending thrilled the home crowd but a bemused Worcester staff and squad walked off the pitch shaking their heads after losing what looked like being a shock win which would have allayed their relegation fears.

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet
Forthcoming Aviva Premiership Fixtures
Aviva Premiership
Friday 28th November
Aviva Premiership
19:45Bath vs Harlequins
Saturday 29th November
15:00Leicester Tigers vs Wasps
16:30Exeter vs Saracens
Sunday 30th November
13:00London Irish vs Gloucester
14:30London Welsh vs Northampton
15:15Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks
Saturday 20th December
14:00Sale vs Exeter
15:00Gloucester vs Bath
15:00Saracens vs London Welsh
15:00Harlequins vs Newcastle
15:00Northampton vs Leicester
Sunday 21st December
14:00Wasps vs London Irish
Friday 26th December
15:00London Irish vs London Welsh
Saturday 27th December
14:00Sale vs Leicester
15:00Bath vs Exeter
15:00Newcastle vs Saracens
15:00Gloucester vs Wasps
15:00Harlequins vs Northampton
Saturday 3rd January
15:00Exeter vs Gloucester
15:00Saracens vs London Irish
15:00Leicester vs Bath
15:00Northampton vs Newcastle
Sunday 4th January
14:00Wasps vs Sale
14:30London Welsh vs Harlequins
Saturday 10th January
14:00Sale vs Northampton

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com