Gloucester come from behind to beat Perpignan

Gloucester had to come from behind but went on to beat Perpignan 27-22 in the Heineken Cup at Kingsholm on Saturday.

James Hook scored the opening try of the match and went on to score a total of 22 points so he was named man of the match.

A late try by Gloucester winger Jonny May put the home side ahead and although Billy Twelvtrees missed the converison he succeeded with a penalty kick on the stroke of full time.

Nigel Davies’ men only led for 10 minutes in the whole of the game but wing
Jonny May gave Gloucester a hard-fought win with a try six minutes from time.

The home side had made the worst possible start at Kingsholm when James Hook
crossed for a try for Perpignan within 60 seconds.

Outside-half Camille Lopez kicked to the corner and his chip was expertly collected
and released in one movement by wing Wandile Mjekevu to put Hook over.

The home side took 10 minutes to get a foothold in the game with two quick
penalties from Billy Twelvetrees before Hook nudged Perpignan’s advantage back
to four points with a long-range penalty.

Hook added another three points before Gloucester had a try disallowed when
Jimmy Cowan was adjudged to have come up short with his dive from the base of
the scrum.

Gloucester did get three points on the stroke of half time and the home side
came out firing at the beginning of the second period.

Perpignan scrum-half Nicolas Durand was soon sent to the sin bin for a high
tackle on Mike Tindall and when stand-in No9 Sofiane Guitoune was penalised
for a crooked feed into the scrum, Cowan was first to react with a quick free
kick to cross for a try.

Twelvetrees added the conversion but instead of building on their advantage
Gloucester handed the momentum back to the visitors.

Hook kicked a third penalty and Perpignan should have had their second try
but for some wasteful handling.

Referee Leighton Hodges called the action back to send Gloucester’s Matt Kvesic
to the bin and Hook made no mistake with the penalty.

When Hook slotted a drop goal 18 minutes from time the game looked to be slipping
away from Gloucester but a Twelvetrees penalty set up a thrilling finish.

The home side thought they’d won it when May dived over eight minutes from
time but video replays showed a forward pass from Tindall in the build up. But
May was not to be denied his moment of glory and the winger crossed again two
minutes later to seal the win.

Perpignan’s misery was compounded by a red card for centre Lifeimi Mafi for
a dangerous tackle on Ryan Mills.

Final Score Gloucester 24 (9) Perpignan 22 (13)

Scorers

Gloucester
Tries – Cowan, May
Pen – Twelvetrees 4
Con –
Drop –

Perpignan
Tries – Hook
Pen – Hook 5
Con – Hook
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee:
Leighton Hodges (Wales),
Assistant ref: Ian Davies (Wales),
Assistant ref: Sean Brickell (Wales),
TMO: Tim Hayes (Wales),
Citing Commissioner: Gwyn Bowden (Wales)

Teams

Gloucester Rugby: Rob Cook; Jonny May, Mike Tindall, Billy Twelvetrees, James Simpson-Daniel; Freddie Burns, Jimmy Cowan; Yann Thomas, Huia Edmonds, Shaun Knight, Elliot Stooke, James Hudson, Tom Savage (c), Matt Kvesic, Sione Kalafamoni

Replacements: Daniel George, Dan Murphy, Rupert Harden, Gareth Evans, Akapusi Qera, Dan Robson, Ryan Mills, Martyn Thomas

Perpignan: James Hook; Wandile Mjekevu, Tommaso Benvenuti, Lifeimi Mafi, Sofiane Guitoune; Camille Lopez, Nicolas Durand; Sebastien Taofifenua, Guilhem Guirado (c), Paulica Ion, Dan Leo, Romain Taofifenua, Justin Purll, Alasdair Strokosch, Luke Narraway

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