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Sport Gloucester 20-25 Toulouse: Top 14 side produce impressive Champions Cup fightback

11:25  16 november  2019
11:25  16 november  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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Four-time winners Toulouse produce a second-half comeback to Romain Ntamack was influential in Toulouse 's second-half fightback . Four-time winners Toulouse produced a second-half comeback to begin their Champions Cup Pool five campaign with victory over Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Two magnificent tries by scrum-half Joe Simpson were not enough to prevent Gloucester losing 25 - 20 to Toulouse in their opening Pool 5 match of the Champions Cup . Sébastien Bézy secured the crucial touchdown which Thomas Ramos converted to put his side into the lead for the first time.

Maxime Médard holding a football ball: Joe Simpson (right) scored two tries in a losing cause for Gloucester. © David Rogers/Getty Images Joe Simpson (right) scored two tries in a losing cause for Gloucester.

Toulouse staged an impressive second-half comeback to open their European Champions Cup campaign with a hard-fought 25-20 victory over Gloucester.

Premiership side Gloucester led 20-9 at the break, Joe Simpson crossing twice as the hosts held sway in the opening 40 minutes at Kingsholm.

Both were impressive finishes from the scrum-half that saw him break clear from inside his own territory. Danny Cipriani landed each conversion attempt plus a pair of penalties, giving Gloucester a useful lead at the midway stage of the Pool 5 clash.

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Gloucester 20 - 25 Toulouse . The 25th edition of rugby’s top -tier European tournament began with a cut-and-thrust tussle between two entertaining teams. Eventually, the power and attacking variety of Toulouse prevailed as they defied two sensational solo tries from Joe Simpson and crippled

Top 14 side Stade Francais came from 10-0 down to beat Gloucester and win the European Challenge Cup . England wing Jonny May's try put Gloucester , who needed to win to keep their Champions Cup qualification hopes alive, ahead at a rainy Murrayfield. Italy captain Sergio Parisse

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However, four-time winners Toulouse roared back in the second half, scoring 16 points without reply to prevail on the road.

Thomas Ramos - who split the posts twice in the first period to add to Zack Holmes drop goal - and Romain Ntamack kicked a penalty apiece to close the gap before the Top 14 side struck the decisive blow just after the hour.

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Scrum-half Sebastien Bezy darted over from close range after excellent work from his pack, leaving Ramos with an easy conversion to put his team ahead.

The full-back slotted over a further three points with 12 minutes remaining, giving Toulouse a five-point cushion they retained through to the final whistle.

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