Gloucester survive red card to take title
Gloucester 19 Edinburgh 13: European Challenge Cup final
Published 02/05/2015 | 02:30
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw kicked 14 points against his former club as 14-man Gloucester clung on to land their first piece of silverware since they last won Europe's second-tier competition nine years ago.
England centre Billy Twelvetrees got Gloucester's only try 11 minutes into the game, set up by a break and perfectly-timed pass from man of the match Jonny May.
Laidlaw's conversion made it 10-3, and he and Edinburgh scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne then traded penalties to leave Gloucester 13-6 ahead at the break.
Laidlaw, who left home-town club Edinburgh to join the Cherry-and-whites last summer, added two more penalties after the interval to give David Humphreys' men a commanding 13-point lead with 25 minutes remaining.
However, Edinburgh were given a lifeline by two pieces of indiscipline from the English side.
First, Ross Moriarty was sin-binned for kneeing Fraser McKenzie in the back on 56 minutes , and then eight minutes later Billy Meakes was given a straight red card for a high tackle off the ball.
Edinburgh hit back against 13 men with a converted try from veteran hooker Ross Ford.
However, once Gloucester were restored to 14, the Scots were unable to make any further inroads.