EUROPEAN RUGBY CHAMPIONS CUP
Cherry and Whites earn bonus-point victory
Another second-half show
Gloucester 29 Montpellier 6
Saturday, 12 January 2020, 1730hrs

The Cherry and Whites eventually overcame the rainy conditions and an under strength Montpellier team who lived on the edge with an aggressive defensive line speed coupled with a physical game plan which fully tested the home side.
Once again it was the final quarter of the game before determined Gloucester scored their decisive points to claim a hard earned victory to continue to clutch at the straws of Champions Cup qualification.
The visitors took an early lead against the run of play with a Franco Steyn penalty before a lightning mid-field burst from winger Louis Rees-Zammit set Willie Heinz free to cross under the posts with Billy Twelvetrees adding the simple conversion to establish a 7-3 half-time lead

After the interval Olly Thorley underlined Gloucester's intentions with a length of the field break only to be hauled down just short of the line but Twelvetrees added a penalty to increase the hosts' lead.
It was all Gloucester now and when a long pass from Heinz was superbly move on with fine hands from Jason Woodward to speedster L.R.Z. who slid over in the corner for Twelvetrees to add the extras with a great kick.

Although Montpellier added a second penalty the hosts had the bit firmly between their teeth as continuous pressure on the visitors line saw Ben Morgan force his way for a converted try.
Montpellier's defence was really up against it and following a yellow card spirited Gloucester took full advantage with a try for hooker Todd Gleave from a well executed catch and drive.
Surely Gerbrandt Grobler and Franco Mostert must now be the preferred option for second-row pairing on current form?
The victory gives the Cherry and Whites the chance of a place in the quarter-finals but they face a monumental challenge with their trip to Toulouse.
If only they had not failed in Galway!

T.H. 12/1/2020

More from Mike

The right and much needed result but it may all be too late. 

Again the Cherry & Whites produced a 5 point win with a strong second-half performance against a physical Montpellier side. All is now set for a showdown in Toulouse next Sunday, a showdown that would not be so important if Gloucester had not wasted and thrown away a 5 point win in Galway before Christmas. 
This was not an 80 minute performance that the faithful supporters long for, but it was a much improved performance in all areas. Any player could have been man of the match, but there were stand out performances from Todd Gleave, our 3rd choice hooker, Gerhardt Grobler, Billy Twelv trees and LRZ. 
Forward to Toulouse next Sunday with nothing to loose but all to gain.
Mr Ackerman will decide who plays, but surely we must go for a win and a possible quarter-final. 

Mike 

Gloucester
15.Jason Woodward; 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Ollie Thorley; 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Willi Heinz (capt);
1. Val Rapava-Ruskin, 2. Todd Gleave, 3. Ciaran Knight; 4. Gerbrandt Grobler, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Lewis Ludlow, 8. Ben Morgan

Replacements:

16.Henry Walker, 17. Alex Seville, 18. Josh Hohneck, 19. Alex Craig, 20. Freddie Clarke, 21. Joe Simpson, 22. Mark Atkinson, 23. Owen Williams

Unavailable for selection:
Fraser Balmain, Ruan Dreyer, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Corné Fourie, James Hanson, Jaco Kriel, Franco Marais, Tom Marshall, Jake Polledri, Charlie Sharples, Ed Slater, Henry Trinder

Scorers:
Tries:
Heinz, Rees-Zammit, Morgan, Gleave
Con: Twelvetrees (3)
Pen:Twelvetrees

Half-time: 7-3

Referee: F.Murphy. Ireland

ATT: 12,
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