Tuesday 22 August 2017

Gloucester survive red card to take title

Gloucester 19 Edinburgh 13: European Challenge Cup final

Billy Twelvetrees, the Gloucester captain, raises the European Challenge Cup trophy after his teams victory against Edinburgh last night
Billy Twelvetrees, the Gloucester captain, raises the European Challenge Cup trophy after his teams victory against Edinburgh last night
Gloucester's Greig Laidlaw kicks a penalty against Edinburgh last night
Gloucester's James Hook hands off Hamish Watson of Edinburgh
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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.

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