Match Centre: Bordeaux Begles 17-26 Gloucester

George McGuigan scored two tries for Gloucester
George McGuigan scored two tries for Gloucester

Bordeaux Begles 17-26 Gloucester, Stade Chaban-Delmas

George McGuigan scored two tries as Gloucester came from behind to defeat Bordeaux Begles 26-17 in the fourth round of the Heineken Champions Cup at Stade Chaban-Delmas.

This is second win for Gloucester from four matches as they sneaked into the round of 16 while Bordeaux finished 11th in Pool A after losing all their matches.

Bordeaux got off to a brisk start with Matthieu Jalibert kicking a penalty goal from the tee in the opening minute and by the 15th minute the French fly-half found Santiago Cordero, who in turn offloaded to Jules Gimbert for the opening try. Jalibert kicked the conversion as the home side raced to a 10-0 lead.

The first response from Gloucester came in the 23rd minute when McGuigan dived over at the back of a maul to make it 10-5. Jalibert missed a chance to extend Bordeaux's lead with his three-pointer drifting wide and just over the half-hour mark, the hosts suffered a double setback with Mahamadou Diaby and Ugo Boniface sent to sin-bin for a a late tackle and deliberate knock-on respectively.

Gloucester seized the lead early in the second half as Albert Tuisue was released and went past a couple of tackle to score and Barton kicked the conversion. Just as Bordeaux returned back to full strength, Boniface went over after a series of pick and goes. Jalibert's conversion made it 17-12 but the fly-half was sin-binned shortly for a deliberate knock-on of his own.

Barton with three straight penalties to put Gloucester four point ahead before McGuigan completed his second in the 63rd minute with a touchdown at the back of a rumbling maul to take his team through.

Team line up:

Bordeaux-Begles: Ducuing, Cordero, Uberti, Moefana, Tambwe, Jalibert, Gimbert; Boniface, Sa, Falatea, Jolmes, Cazeaux, Miquel, Diaby (c), Timu.

Reserves: Lamothe, Poirot, Vaotoa, Marais, Vergnes, Zabalza, Garcia, Dubie.

Gloucester: Barton, May, Kveseladze, Atkinson, Thorley, Twelvetrees, Varney; Rapava Ruskin, McGuigan, Gotovtsev, Jordan, Alemanno, Clement, Ludlow (c), Tuisue.

Reserves: Blake, Elrington, Ford-Robinson, Clarke, Thomas, Chapman, Reeves, Evans.


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