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Gloucester 25 Bordeaux 13: Charlie Sharples at the double as hosts claim fine win

Gloucester 25 Bordeaux 13: Sharples at the double as hosts claim fine win



23:27 GMT, 18 October 2012

Gloucester picked up their second Amlin Challenge Cup victory of the season and with it a bonus point following a comfortable victory over Bordeaux-Begles at Kingsholm.

The home side ran in four first half tries to put the game beyond the visitors with Will James, Bill Twelvetrees and Charlie Sharples (2) all touching down, while two Nicolas Sanchez penalties and a late converted score by Gauthier Gibouin ensured the visitors were not embarrassed.

Over the line: Charlie Sharples scores Gloucester's third try

Over the line: Charlie Sharples scores Gloucester's third try

The hosts, keen to use the momentum from their opening win at Mont de Marsan, dominated from the off and took just six minutes to score the first try with James touching down in the corner after he outmuscled Avesini Vasuinubua.

Twelvetrees missed the conversion as he did for their second score six minutes later when the Irishman took advantage of a brilliant kick through by Jimmy Cowan to outrun the Bordeaux backline and touch down.

Breaking away: James Simpson-Daniel in possession for Gloucester

Breaking away: James Simpson-Daniel in possession for Gloucester

Sanchez converted two penalties to get his side back into the clash but two Sharples tries, the second made by an excellent Ben Morgan run, put Gloucester well in control at the break, 25-6 ahead.

The second-half was a less frantic affair, but it was the visitors who had the final say as a Gibouin crashed over.

Mont-de-Marsan 6 Gloucester 11: Andy Hazell sees red for assault after "eye gouge"

Mont-de-Marsan 6 Gloucester 11: Hazell sees red for assault after 'eye gouge'



00:03 GMT, 12 October 2012

Sent off: Andy Hazell faces a lengthy ban

Sent off: Andy Hazell faces a lengthy ban

Former England flanker Andy Hazell was sent off as Gloucester launched their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign with victory in an ill-tempered clash at Stade Guy Boniface.

Hazell received a red card midway through the second period after he aimed a flurry of punches at an opponent on the floor and used his knee.

Hazell's back-row colleague Matt Cox was sin-binned for an off-the-ball challenge in the same incident that meant Gloucester were temporarily reduced to 13 men.

But the Aviva Premiership club prevailed thanks to wing Ian Clark's 30th-minute try, while Tim Taylor and Billy Twelvetrees booted second-half penalties.

Full-back Jean Baptiste Claverie kicked two penalties for the home side, yet Gloucester deserved their Pool One triumph that sets them up for next Thursday's Kingsholm appointment with Bordeaux-Begles.

Mont-de-Marsan, bottom of the French Top 14, did not help themselves as their former Scotland international lock Scott Murray and substitute hooker Ephraim Taukafa collected yellow cards in each half.

And with torrential rain making handling a hazard for both teams, Gloucester will be relieved to head home with four Pool One points in the bag.

Wing Charlie Sharples looked lively on his first game back after four weeks' sidelined recovering from shoulder trouble, while Gloucester skipper Mike Tindall also showed some neat touches.

But Gloucester's star performers proved to be the young and inexperienced front-row unit of Yann Thomas, Koree Britton and Shaun Knight, who dominated the scrums throughout.

Gloucester rugby director Nigel Davies said the Premiership club was likely to lodge an official complaint with tournament organisers over alleged foul play carried out on Hazell.

Davies told the Gloucester Citizen that Hazell's eye was 'severely sore and very red'.

'We'll speak to the citing commissioner, and there will be something done there,' Davies said.

'We can't condone what was done from a Gloucester view, but that was a reaction to what went on before.

'We will take our punishment, but I think they (Mont-de-Marsan) need to take their punishment too.

'We'll look at the video, and from what I've seen already I'm sure we will make a complaint.

'The doctor's had a look at Andy's eye. It was severely sore and very red.

'And we took some pictures of that, because that was damning evidence in its own right.

'He's disappointed with himself, but I think there were three incidents before that with the same player and he's caught him off the ball again, and unfortunately Andy snapped.'