Holders La Rochelle survive scare to edge Gloucester

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La Rochelle transportation  the shot  against GloucesterLa Rochelle volition play Saracens oregon Ospreys successful the quarter-finals
La Rochelle: (15) 29
Tries: Bougarit, Thomas 2, Kerr-Barlow; Pen: Hastoy; Cons: Hastoy 3
Gloucester: (15) 26
Tries: Harris, Clarke, Rees-Zammit; Pens: Twelvetrees 3; Con: Twelvetrees

Gloucester produced an outstanding show but fell agonisingly abbreviated of upsetting holders La Rochelle successful the past 16 of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Defensively resolute and attacking with state throughout, Gloucester led by 4 points with 4 minutes left.

But Teddy Thomas went implicit successful the country for his 2nd effort to guarantee the French broadside progressed to the quarter-finals.

Ronan O'Gara's squad volition look Saracens oregon Ospreys successful the past eight.

Chris Harris and Freddie Clarke went implicit for Gloucester successful a archetypal fractional that ended level astatine 15-15.

After falling 7 points down aboriginal successful the 2nd period, Louis Rees-Zammit's effort and 2 Billy Twelvetrees penalties enactment the Cherry and Whites connected the brink of a celebrated victory.

The hosts were roared connected during a spell of sustained unit adjacent Gloucester's try-line and yet dispersed the shot wide for Thomas to people the match-winning try.

More to follow.

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La Rochelle: Dulin; Thomas, Rhule, Danty, Favre; Hastoy, Kerr-Barlow; Sclavi, Bourgarit, Atonio, Lavault, Skelton, Dillane, Botia, Alldritt (c).

Replacements: Lespiaucq, Wardi, Colombe, Sazy, Tanga, Boudehent, Berjon, Reus.

Gloucester: Carreras; Rees-Zammit, Harris, Atkinson, Thorley; Twelvetrees, Varney; Vivas, Blake, Gotovtsev, Clarke, Alemanno, Ackermann, Ludlow (c), Clement.

Replacements: Walker, Elrington, Ford-Robinson, Jordan, Thomas, Morgan, Chapman, May.

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)

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