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Gloucester travel to take on Castres in Pool 2

Friday 18th January 2019

3:11 pm (GMT)

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Gloucester Rugby v Munster Rugby - Heineken Champions Cup

Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2 is rounded off with Castres Olympique hosting Gloucester Rugby at Stade Pierre Fabre from 17:30 GMT on Saturday.

  • Castres are undefeated in eight home games in the Heineken Champions Cup, last tasting defeat when they hosted Harlequins in 2015.
  • Castres are undefeated in eight home games in the Heineken Champions Cup.
  • Gloucester’s last away game in France in the Champions Cup was a 36-18 win against Perpignan in 2014.
  • No side has scored fewer points or tries than Castres in the Champions Cup with 73 points and eight tries.
  • Only Edinburgh’s Bill Mata has made more carries than Gloucester’s Ben Morgan so far this season.

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Castres snatch late win thanks to Vaipulu try

Saturday 19th January 2019

7:36 pm (GMT)

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Castres Olympique rounded off their Heineken Champions Cup campaign with a comeback victory over Gloucester Rugby after a late Ma’ama Vaipulu try.

Henry Trinder gave the visitors the early advantage after just two minutes following a nice set of passes between the try-scorer and Clarke.

Gloucester then took a 14-0 lead after Ben Vellacott grabbed the second try of the evening, with the conversion slotted over by Owen Williams.

A try for the home side came just before half-time from centre Florian Vialelle meaning the 2018 Challenge Cup winners led by just seven points at the interval after Rory Kockott popped over the conversion.

The French side then drew level after the break through Vialelle again who ran in his second score following a pair of excellent offloads from the Castres backs. Kockott converted to make it 14 apiece with 25 minutes remaining.

Williams first kicked Gloucester ahead with a penalty and then scored a try as he got on the end of Gareth Evans’ cross kick to Matt Banahan who offloaded inside for a simple finish.

Centre Vialelle then played an offload to Armand Batlle for him to dive over in the corner, making it a three-point game.

And after a flurry of attacks from the home side, Ma’ama Vaipulu collected a quick pass to dive over and clinch the win for Castres in the final seconds.

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