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Gloucester Rugby turn on the style to earn bonus point victory over Montpellier

Gloucester Rugby turn on the style to earn bonus point victory over Montpellier

Conditions were testing at a rainy Kingsholm, but Gloucester Rugby made light of them as they ran in four tries on their way to a comprehensive 29-6 Heineken Champions Cup win over Montpellier on Saturday.

It wasn’t easy, it was a victory that had to be worked for as Montpellier, in the first half in particular, brought real line speed in defence and genuine physicality. It took the Cherry and Whites a while to find a way to break them down, but persistence paid off.

In fact, the visitors took a 20th minute lead courtesy of a Frans Steyn penalty, but a burst of speed from Louis-Rees Zammit and a well-timed offload to Willi Heinz saw the skipper go under the posts and get Gloucester Rugby off and running.

7-3 at half time, but the Cherry and Whites have been a second-half team in recent weeks and it proved to be the case once again.

Ollie Thorley brought the stadium to its feet with a 90 metre break from the restart, Billy Twelvetrees adding a penalty as Montpellier killed the ball. 

Gloucester Rugby now had real self-belief, and no little skill, Jason Woodward showing incredible hands to palm the ball on to Louis Rees-Zammit who had the pace to slide in at the corner for the second try after a spell of pressure in the Montpellier 22.

Darmon narrowed the gap to 15-6 with a 56th minute penalty, but Gloucester Rugby didn’t waste any time extending the lead as Ben Morgan forced his way over the line under a pile of bodies, Twelvetrees adding the conversion.

Montpellier’s Paul Willemse was yellow carded for sacking a maul as the visitors’ discipline started to slip and, in his absence, Todd Gleave touched down after a well-executed catch and drive, richly deserved after a fine performance from the hooker.

The win keeps the Cherry and Whites in the hunt for a place in the quarter-finals as they travel to Toulouse next Sunday with their hopes very much alive.

 

Match statsTeam lineups
Gloucester Rugby
66' Billy Twelvetrees
65' Todd Gleave
59' Billy Twelvetrees
57' Ben Morgan
49' Louis Rees-Zammit
41' Billy Twelvetrees
33' Billy Twelvetrees
33' Willi Heinz
Montpellier Rugby
64' Paul Willemse
55' Thomas Darmon
20' Frans Steyn