Gloucester pick up away win against La Rochelle

Gloucester had to dig deep and give it everything on this particular French battlefield on Saturday evening, dogging out a narrow and tense 13-6 win to keep their Amlin Challenge Cup hopes alive.


It was a win that answered a lot of questions about the ability of Bryan Redpath’s side to win on the road.


This one offered all sorts of possibilities for a setback.


A La Rochelle side that bore no relation to the one announced on the Friday and with everything to play in terms of European qualification, the usual hostile home crowd and the simple fact that the game took place away from the familiar comforts of Kingsholm.


Gloucester boss Bryan Redpath told BBC Radio Gloucestershire, “The big emphasis is on the management of the game, you must have a strong structure and a strong belief and I was delighted with the way the boys stuck at it.


“There’s been talk about us not being competitive away from home but I think we were solid today which enabled us to go on and win.


“We caused them some problems, there were two or three chances for us to score that we didn’t take because some of our control of possession was a little bit erratic.”


Final Score La Rochelle (3) 6 Gloucester (7) 13


Scorers


La Rochelle
Pens: Dambielle 2


Gloucester
Tries: Simpson-Daniel
Cons: Robinson Pens: Burns 2


Referee: Carlo Damasco (Italy)


Teams


La Rochelle: G Goosen, M Le Bourhis, T Combezou, G Devade, F Ninard, B Dambielle, D Neveu, a bares, A Bordoy, J Garcia, R Mohr [capt], J Grobler, N Djebaili, F Jacob, R Carmignani.


Replacements: S Clement, R Frou, T Leupolu, Q D’Aram de Valada, P Fa’asalele, S Rabeni, V Roux, R Tales


Gloucester Rugby: O Morgan, J Simpson-Daniel, M Tindall [capt], E Fuimaono-Sapolu, L Vainikolo, N Robinson, R Lawson, N Wood, O Azam, P Doran-Jones, W James, D Attwood, P Buxton, A Hazell, L Narraway


Replacements: S Lawson, Y Thomas, P Capdevielle, A Brown, A Qera, D Lewis, F Burns, C Sharples

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