Gloucester end losing spell to enter last eight
January 29, 2000
Gloucester ended a two-match losing spell to reach the last eight of the Tetley's Bitter Cup by outclassing Orrell.
They had the match sown up by half-time turning around 37 points clear after a five-try blitz against injury-hit Orrell.
The disparity between the sides was all too clear with Gloucester making 13 changes from their midweek side which lost to Saracens.
They had too much pace and power for Orrell's part-timers, who nevertheless impressed with some excellent running and handling by their young backs.
Initially they took the game to Gloucester and might have scored early on. When Gloucester took control their pack operated in efficient style with second row Mark Cornwell getting two of their tries.
Skipper for the day Andy Deacon got on the try sheet with other tries being claimed by Jawad Djoudi and Tai Glassie.
Fly-half Terry Fanolua kicked two penalties and two conversions. Gloucester eased further ahead in the second half when Brian Johnson claimed the try of the match with a searing dash from 40 metres to outrace Orrell's defence.
Rob Jewell and Junior Paramore, with a conversion by Fanalua took Gloucester to 54 points their best-ever total against Orrell.
Orrell played pluckily throughout and got their reward with two tries in the last five minutes.
Forward pressure brought a try by Alex Bennett and full-back Rob Hitchmough converted.
The full-back, Orrell's best player, got his reward with an interception and a 60-metre dash to score under the posts, only to miss the conversion.
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