Biarritz knock Gloucester out of Challenge Cup

Gloucester were knocked out of the Amlin Challenge Cup when they lost their quarter-final match 31-41 to Biarritz at Kingsholm.

Gloucester were knocked out of the Amlin Challenge Cup when they lost their
quarter-final match 31-41 to Biarritz.

Holders Biarritz pulled off a pulsating win to reach the semi-finals of the
European Challenge Cup.

The French Basque side will now take on either London Wasps or former European
champions Leinster, who face off Friday, at the end of this month for a place
in the final.

Biarritz went over for three first-half tries while first Gloucester’s prop
Dario Chistolini and then hooker Koree Britton were sin-binned, with France
Under-20 wing Teddy Thomas bagging a pair on his European debut.

Hooker Arnaud Heguy also touched down, with centre Damien Traille landing a
goal and scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili adding three conversions and a penalty
as the visitors moved to a 27-14 interval advantage before a 10,000 crowd.

Benoit Baby added another try on the hour, converted by Yachvili – who had
an early spell with Gloucester – and the latter did likewise with substitute
Seremaia Burotu’s late score.

Mike Tindall, Shane Monahan and Huia Edmonds went over for Gloucester with
Freddie Burns converting two – Burns also kicked four penalties.

But Biarritz rarely looked threatened, despite being without former Gloucester
and England wing Iain Balshaw owing to injury.

Final Score Gloucester 31 (14) Biarritz 41 (27)

Scorers

Gloucester
Tries – Tindall, Monahan, Edmonds
Pen – F Burns (4)
Con – F Burns (2)
Drop –

Biarritz
Tries – Thomas 2, Heguy, Baby, Burotu
Pen – Yachvili
Con – Yachvili (5)
Drop – Traille

Match officials
Referee:
John Lacey (Ire),
Assistant ref: Dudley Phillips (Ire),
Assistant ref: David Wilkinson (Ire),
TMO: Jim Yuille (Sco),
Citing Commissioner: Murray Whyte (Ire)

Teams

Gloucester Rugby: Martyn Thomas; Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Mike Tindall (c), Jonny May; Freddie Burns, Dave Lewis; Nick Wood, Koree Britton, Shaun Knight, Lua Lokotui, Will James, Tom Savage, Akapusi Qera, Sione Kalamafoni.

Replacements: Huia Edmonds, Dan Murphy, Dario Chistolini, Andy Hazell, Gareth Evans, Dan Robson, Billy Twelvetrees, Shane Monahan.

Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque: Marcelo Bosch; Takudzwa Ngwenya, Benoit Baby, Damien Traille, Teddy Thomas; Jean-Pascal Barraque, Dimitri Yachvili; Eugene van Staden, Arnaud Heguy, Francisco Gomez Kodela, Erik Lund, Mathias Marie, Tanguy Molcard, Raphael Lakafia, Imanol Harinordoquy (c).

Replacements: Benoit August, Thomas Synaeghel, Ben Broster, Pelu Taele, Seremaia Burotu, Yann Lesgourgues, Charles Gimenez, Paul Couet-Lannes.

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