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Trinder impresses for Gloucester


Henry Trinder missed selection for England's autumn International campaign with a hamstring injury

Henry Trinder missed selection for England's autumn International campaign with a hamstring injury

Henry Trinder missed selection for England's autumn International campaign with a hamstring injury

Gloucester centre Henry Trinder returned to action from an injury-ravaged season and immediately put his hand up for a trip to New Zealand this summer with England.

He scored two of Gloucester's five tries as the Cherry and Whites comfortably disposed of London Wasps by 36-5 in their final LV= Cup group match of the season, with flanker Matt Cox and replacement prop Dan Murphy adding the others.

Full-back Rob Cooke kicked 11 points with a penalty and four conversions while Wasps' points came from a solitary first-half try from flanker Ashley Johnson.

But Gloucester forwards coach Andrew Stanley hopes that this latest revival for talented 24-year-old will take him back to the great form he was showing at the start of the season.

Stanley said: "Henry is a very talented player and he was in a hot streak of form at the start of the season. What he has got to do now is get himself back into that groove and play well for Gloucester. Anything that comes on the back of that will be a result for him."

Trinder missed selection for the autumn International campaign with a hamstring injury and has been sidelined since playing against London Irish at the Madjeski Stadium at the turn of the year with a groin problem.

It has also meant he missed the chance of selection, with club colleagues Jonny May and Billy Twelvetrees, for England's RBS 6 Nations Championships campaign which kicked off against France in Paris on Saturday.

As for New Zealand, Stanley added: "That is difficult to say. It is in other people's hands and all we can do is be in as good a position as possible for that by playing well for us.

"You could see how sharp he was today and, when he is on top of his game and sharp and fully fit, he is a very talented player."

The five-try victory was satisfying to Stanley but he said there were still things they needed to work on before visiting Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership next weekend.

"There is always something to reflect on.

"We will look back on it, look to improve and take a performance into the Sale game on Friday night. We put quite a large emphasis on this match so we could keep the momentum going from the last three or four weeks.

"That is what we wanted to do and the boys stepped up to that today and showed us what they could do."

While Gloucester will reflect on winning the match and see where they can improve, London Wasps director of rugby Dai Young will be looking over the defeat in a wholly different context.

Young was very disappointed by the loss, basically losing the game within the first 20 minutes as Gloucester went 19-0 up.

Young said: "I think Gloucester just wanted it more than we did in fairness. We were not at the races today from the word go. We struggled to match their physicality, we were poor defensively and poor without the ball.

"We spent long periods defending.

"It was certainly a bad day at the office and it is not a case of brushing it under the carpet because these things have got to hurt but that was probably not a reflection on how we have played in the last couple of months and I have told the players.

"Whether we were not quite there mentally, only they can answer that but certainly we did not play with any intensity or the quality we have over the last couple of months."