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Wasps beat Gloucester to earn their first away league win of the season

Gloucester 23-30 Wasps

They said it would take some time, no matter the calibre of signing and the feeling of a fresh start in September. And it certainly is doing that. Halfway through the Premiership season, Gloucester remain exactly where they were when Nigel Davies, their previous director of rugby, received his marching orders – which is to say in ninth place and worthy of it.

This time, the indignity is seasoned by a second home defeat of the Christmas period, their fourth in five, a mere eight days after the last. And that was a record defeat to their bitter enemies, Bath. The good people of Kingsholm may have expected a reaction after that. Wasps arrived buoyed – potentially distracted – by the success of their first outing in Coventry the weekend before, having not won away in the Premiership this season. You might have thought a good reaction from the Cherry and Whites would be enough to take it.

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