Danny Cipriani impresses in front of Eddie Jones as Gloucester seal 19-14 win over Castres

Danny Cipriani scored 14 points for Gloucester
Danny Cipriani scored 14 points for Gloucester

Gloucester Rugby 19-14 Castres, Kingsholm

Danny Cipriani came up with an impressive performance under the watchful eyes of Eddie Jones as Gloucester completed a 19-14 win over Castres in their European Champions Cup clash at Kingsholm.

The England boss who is set to announce the squad for the autumn internationals on Thursday was at Kingsholm to see the fly-half in action. The win has taken Gloucester to the top of the Pool 2 with four points while Castres are at the bottom.

Cipriani kicked a 11th minute penalty goal to kick-start the proceedings but the scores became levelled when Julien Dumora responded back with a penalty of his own in the 17th minute.

The trend continued as Cipriani kicked his second penalty kick in the 32nd minute but shortly Dumora responded with a drop goal as the scores remained levelled.

Earlier, Gloucester had a try disallowed when Tom Marshall went over the line after referee decided Fraser Balmain was not part of the ruck in the build up. However, they had their first try before the break when Cipriani produced a fake and reverse pass to send Callum Braley past the try line. Cipriani also added the extras as the Cherry and Whites had a 13-6 lead at the end of the first half.

Cipriani further extended Gloucester's lead with back to back penalties in the 52nd and 55th minutes but Martin Laveau's unconverted try in the 58th minute kept Castres in the game with the gap coming down to eight points.

Nevertheless, the only points the French side managed in the final quarter was a penalty goal from Dumora in the 72nd minute as Gloucester completed a 19-14 victory.


2018-19 European Rugby Champions Cup Points Table