European Challenge Cup: Gloucester bounce back with win, Dragons fall to another defeat | Rugby Union News

Gloucester recovered from a defeat in the opening round of Challenge Cup matches with a bonus point win at home against Benetton; The Dragons went down to Lyon in Newport, while Toulon started successfully in Group A by beating the Zebre

Last updated: 17/12/21 23:35


Jordy Reid was among the goal scorers when Gloucester defeated Benetton in the Challenge Cup

Gloucester kicked off its European Cup campaign with a 54-25 bonus point victory over Benetton at Kingsholm.

The Cherry and Whites lost their first match of Group B 19-13 in Lyon last week, but recovered with a fifth consecutive victory against the Italian side that put them in second place in the standings.

Attempts by Jack Singleton, Ben Meehan and Jordy Reid put Gloucester on 19-6 in the first half before Benetton brought him back to 19-18 at half-time after Rhyno Smith and Seb Negri touchdowns.

But the Gallagher Premiership team broke free in the second period thanks to goals from Matias Alemanno, penalty goal, Stephen Varney, Jonny May and Jack Clement.

The guests responded with Luca Morisi’s converted try in the second half, but they were comfortably second.

Gloucester opening half Adam Hastings was successful with four conversions and Lloyd Evans landed two.

Ben Meehan dives over the line to score Gloucester's first try

Ben Meehan dives over the line to score Gloucester’s first try

dragons slipped to sixth consecutive defeat as it followed defeat in the opening Challenge Cup in Perpignan losing 41-28 to Lyon at the Rodney Parade.

Ethan Dumortier (two), Alfred Parisie and Jonathan Pelissie scored Lyon tries and Leo Berdeu added 21 points with the shoe. Dragons has also gone over three times, through Mesake Doge, Aki Seiuli, and Aaron Wainwright.

But they couldn’t take advantage of playing with an extra man for a total of 20 minutes after Lyon duo Thibaut Regard and Mickael Ivaldi were both booked in the second half.

Mesake Doge of the Dragons goes to score a try against Lyon

Mesake Doge of the Dragons goes to score a try against Lyon

Dean Ryan’s Dragons have lost eight of their last nine games this season in all competitions.

Toulon got off to a winning start in Group A, beating Zebras 28-14 at home in the first meeting between the two teams in Europe.

Forwards Emerick Setiano and Quinn Roux moved over to Toulon in the first period and scrum-half Baptiste Serin added the third try after the break before the Top 14 team received a penalty try.

The couple of zebras Asaeli Tuivuaka and Iacopo Bianchi went further for the two goals transformed by the Italians.

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