(Photo Credit - Martin Bennett)
Gloucester Rugby beat Perpignan 68-19 at Kingsholm to secure a bonus point victory in the EPCR Challenge Cup, closing the gap to Lyon at the top of Pool B.
The Cherry and Whites ran over 10 tries in Saturday night’s victory against the French visitors.
An action filled first half greeted the Kingsholm crowd, a first half which included 7 tries, 5 of which being scored by the Cherry and Whites.
The first try of the game came as a result of a great defensive read by Captain Lewis Ludlow who intercepted a Perpignan move inside his own half, leaving him to run in untouched, a Hastings conversion followed.
The home side then doubled their lead, after a Rees-Zammit break and offload put full back Kyle Moyle in the corner with Hastings slotting the second of his 5 first half conversion.
Perpignan hooker Seilala Lam was the next to cross for a score for his sides first score of the game, this coupled with a Rodor conversion halving the deficit for the visitors after the first 15 minutes.
However, it was more of the same to follow from the Gloucester Rugby side with tries from Jordy Reid and Santi Socino either side of a Seguela score for the visitors. The latter of the Cherry and White tries coming from an ever-dominant driving maul, something of which the Kingsholm crowd have become accustomed to this season.
A creative try from Mark Atkinson, stemming from Rees-Zammit’s efforts to keep the ball in the field of play, finished off the home side’s first half scoring, as the England international capped off a line break leaving the score 35-12 at the half.
The second half continued in a similar vein for the hosts, with Jordy Reid getting over the line off the back of a driving maul for his second try of the evening making the score 40-12 in Gloucester Rugby’s favour.
Following a length of the pitch score for Perpignan, initiated by Landajo and finished by Seguela, the Cherry and Whites got on the score sheet again through Stephen Varney on his return to the side, with Lloyd Evans kicking the extras.
An eighth try of the night followed for Gloucester Rugby with replacement Jack Singleton carrying a defender to score after continued phase play in the opponent’s 22, making the score 54-19 with the final 10 minutes still to play.
Chris Harris sneaking over from close range and a Rees-Zammit intercept try in the dying minutes concluded the evening’s scoring, leaving Gloucester Rugby with a bonus point win after a dominant display at home, full time score 68-19.
Key Moment – Lewis Ludlow
An early score from the captain set the tone for a try heavy win for the Cherry and Whites at Kingsholm.
Gloucester Rugby travel up to Kingston Park for a Gallagher Premiership clash with Newcastle Falcons on Saturday 29 January 3:00pm.
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