Gloucester start with Zebre Challenge Cup victory

Henry Purdy scores a try for Gloucester

Gloucester kicked off their European Rugby Challenge Cup campaign with a 23-10 victory over Zebre at Kingsholm Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Gloucester made a powerful start to the match but then lost momentum at the break and went scoreless in the second half.

While Gloucester struggled to regain their first half form in the second half Zebre finally got on the scoreboard and ended up winning the half 10-0 but Gloucester’s first half lead proved to be too much.

More to follow.

Final Score Gloucester 23 (23) Zebre 10 (0)

Scorers

Gloucester
Tries – Purdy, Moriarty, McColl
Pen – Burns (2)
Con – Burns
Drop –

Zebre
Tries – Penalty
Pen – Padovani
Con – Padovani
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland),
Assistant ref: Stuart Gaffikin (Ireland),
Assistant ref: John Carvill (Ireland),
TMO: Dermot Moloney (Ireland),
Citing Commissioner: Iain Goodall (Scotland)

Teams

Gloucester Rugby: Rob Cook; Stevie McColl, Bill Meakes, Mark Atkinson, Henry Purdy; Billy Burns, Callum Braley; Yann Thomas, Tom Lindsay, Paul Doran-Jones, Elliot Stooke, Jeremy Thrush, Ross Moriarty, Jacob Rowan (c), Lewis Ludlow

Replacements: Darren Dawiduik, Dan Murphy, Nicky Thomas, Tom Hicks, Daniel Thomas, Greig Laidlaw, Henry Trinder, Ollie Thorley

Zebre Rugby: Guglielmo Palazzani; Dion Berryman, Giulio Bisegni, Matteo Pratichetti, Leonardo Sarto; Edoardo Padovani, Marcello Violi; Andrea Lovotti, Tommaso D’Apice , Dario Chistolini, Valerio Bernabo, Marco Bortolami (c), Jacopo Sarto, Johan Meyer, Filippo Ferrarini

Replacements: Oliviero Fabiani, Andrea de Marchi, Pietro Ceccarelli, George Biagi, Emiliano Caffini, Luke Burgess, Giiulio Toniolatti , Carlo Canna

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