Gloucester book Challenge Cup quarter final

Gloucester have booked a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter finals after they beat Bordeaux-Begles 26-31 at Stade Andre Moga on Friday.

Gloucester have won all of their Amlin Challenge Cup matches this season and next week have a home match against Mont-de-Marsan.

The former champions looked like they would have to wait another week to confirm
their spot in the last eight as the French outfit led until the dying stages
but Freddie Burns struck twice in the final five minutes to secure a 31-26 success.

Burns finished with 26 points courtesy of eight penalties and a conversion
but bottom side Bordeaux outscored their English opponents by two tries to one
at the Stade Andre Moga.

Burns’ first penalty after four minutes was sandwiched by a brace from Bordeaux
full back Lachie Munro before right wing Rafael Carballo’s converted try handed
the hosts a handsome 13-3 lead after 18 minutes.

But Gloucester hit back in fine fashion with 16 points in as many minutes towards
the end of the half as they showed the class that had seen them win all four
of their opening tournament fixtures. Burns slotted two more penalties on 20
and 24 minutes before hooker Darren Dawiduik crossed for the visitors’ first
try on the half hour. The extra points from Burns were followed by a fourth
successful penalty that pushed Gloucester 19-13 ahead with four minutes of the
half remaining.

At that stage, Gloucester boss Nigel Davies would have hoped to see his side
push on towards a comfortable win but Bordeaux-Begles had other ideas and responded
in style with their second try moments before the half-time whistle. This time
it was Samoan prop Tamato Leupolu who powered over, with Munro’s conversion
giving his side a one-point lead at the break.

The second-half scoring was dominated by the boot as Munro and Burns twice
exchanged penalties in the first 22 minutes. Munro struck on 45 and 57 minutes,
with Burns responding in kind on 54 and 62.

Both teams lost players to the sin bin in a fiercely contested encounter but
yellow cards for Gloucester hooker Huia Edmonds after 56 minutes and Bordeaux
lock Andrew Chauveau seven minutes later failed to result in the game’s fourth

With the home side 26-25 ahead, fly-half Camille Lopez failed with a drop goal
that would have left Gloucester chasing a try and that miss proved costly as
Burns struck twice more, the first with five minutes remaining and the second
in the final few seconds.

Final Score Bordeaux-Begles 26 (20) Gloucester 31 (19)


Tries: Carballo, Leupolo
Penalties: Munro 4
Conversions: Munro 2

Tries: Dawidiuk
Penalties: Burns 8
Conversions: Burns

Match Officials
: Andrew McMenemy (Sco),
Assistant ref: Peter Allan (Sco),
Assistant ref: Bob Nevins (Sco)


Bordeaux-Begles: Lachie Munro; Rafael Carballo, Charles Brousse, Michel Denetre, Thierry Brana; Camille Lopez, Julien Seron; Jefferson Poirot, Hikairo Forbes, Tamato Leupolu, Andrew Chauveau, Francois Tisseau, Gautier Gibouin (c), Rohan Kitshoff, Damien Larrieu.

Replacements: Fabien Rofes, Franck Labbe, Nicolas Decamps, Karolis Navickas, Hugh Chalmers, Felix Le Bourhis, Baptiste Serin, Louis-Benoit Madaule.

Gloucester Rugby: Rob Cook; Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Tim Molenaar, Jonny May; Freddie Burns, Dan Robson; Nick Wood, Darren Dawiduik, Dario Chistolini, Jim Hamilton (c), Will James, Sione Kalamafoni, Akapusi Qera, Ben Morgan.

Replacements: Huia Edmonds, Dan Murphy, Shaun Knight, Peter Buxton, Gareth Evans, Dave Lewis, Mike Tindall, Martyn Thomas.

With thanks to ERCRugby.

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