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Perpignan v Gloucester Rugby: Updates from Stade Aimé Giral

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 19, 2014

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Gloucester Rugby take on Perpignan at Stade Aimé Giral today with their European hopes still very much alive.

While the Cherry and Whites cannot reach the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup, they can still clinch the final qualifying spot for the Amlin Challenge Cup after Exeter Chiefs beat Cardiff Blues.

The Welsh region salvaged a bonus-point in the Arms Park defeat, which ensures Gloucester have to secure a maximum points haul in Catalonia to draw level – qualification will then come down to tries scored.

But that is not the only permutation with the Munster v Edinburgh and Scarlets v Harlequins matches also likely to have an affect.

To put it simple, Nigel Davies’ men must win by scoring four tries or more and hope the pieces fall in place elsewhere.

Davies has made two changes to the side downed 20-7 by Munster last week, with Rob Cook preferred to Martyn Thomas at full-back while Huia Edmonds replaces injured Darren Dawidiuk. Jimmy Cowan also returns to the bench.

Meanwhile Perpignan have fielded an experimental team featuring 13 changes to the side beaten by Edinburgh. Former Kingsholm favourite Luke Narraway starts at openside, while Alasdair Strokosch is named among the replacements.

Perpignan: J Michel; T Benvenuti, D Marty (Capt.), S Piukala, W Votu; S Guitoune, T Ecochard; S Taofifenua, R Terrain, P Ion, D Leo, R Taofifenua, J Purll, L Narraway, K Chateau.

Replacements: M Delonca, G Jgenti, S Taumalolo, J-P Perez, N Durand, L Mafi, J Torfs, A Strokosch.

Gloucester Rugby: R Cook; C Sharples, J May, B Twelvetrees (capt), S Monahan; F Burns, D Robson; Y Thomas, H Edmonds, S Puafisi, E Stooke, J Hudson, M Cox, M Kvesic, G Evans

Replacements: D George, D Murphy, S Knight, W James, S Kalamafoni, J Cowan, M Thomas, B Morgan

You can follow all the action below:

Tries by Jonny May, Shane Monaghan and Charlie Sharples gave Gloucester a 19-10 half-time lead against Perpignan.

Freddie Burns slotted two conversions.

Piukala scored a try for Perpignan while Ecochard kicked a penaly and a conversion for the home side.

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  • thomaserdland  |  January 19 2014, 8:52PM

    Yes, it was a superb win for Gloucester Rugby, but once again we struggled in the scrum and we really missed the power and skill of Rupҽrt Hardҽn our best and first choice tight head. If he had been on the pitch, the win would have been so much easier. Obviously the BANNED Gloucester hating troll glawsteruk1, now going under the name of glawsteruk2, Django_G, NOTArugbylover, etc. hates that fact, because he doesn't even support Gloucester Rugby or any of its players, especially the fantastic Rupҽrt Hardҽn.

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  • jasonbennet6  |  January 19 2014, 8:50PM

    Harden has been an absolute star this season. He deserves an early contract renewal for the great effort he has put in this season.

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  • TuffIeyRaider  |  January 19 2014, 8:48PM

    Harden has had a storming season. It is no wonder he is selected to start the most games of all the front row forwards. And not just any old games. It is the key games where you need your best players.

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  • sam-silent  |  January 19 2014, 8:47PM

    Harden has class, there is no doubt about that. He is Gloucester's number one tight head by merit.

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  • stewglos  |  January 19 2014, 8:45PM

    Harden is a superb player and rightly Gloucester Rugby's first choice in the No. 3 shirt.

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  • Newilldon  |  January 19 2014, 8:43PM

    Harden is the undisputed first choice tight head at Gloucester Rugby, unless you are some know-it-all troll like the gullible Django_G/Absolam/Gareth_J/akadau/Kap721/etc. who claims to know better than the coaches at Gloucester Rugby. That's the coaches who work with the players week in, week out.

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  • TuffIeyRaider  |  January 19 2014, 8:41PM

    Laugh at the brain-dead troll Django_G aka AKA "flinty41" AKA "flinty11" pretending to be a Gloucester Rugby supporter. The fact is, he is a clueless idiot who knows absolutely nothing about Gloucester Rugby or rugby union. In fact, he knows so little about anything that it comes as no surprise that his daily routine includes a visit to the job centre. He doesn't even come from Gloucester.

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  • jasonbennet6  |  January 19 2014, 8:38PM

    The multi-ID troll, Django_G, is a sad lonely gullible old man. His pretence to being a Gloucester Rugby supporter is absolutely hilarious. He has no idea where Kingsholm is or who any of the Gloucester Rugby players are. Sad... very sad indeed! #Harden owns the number 3 shirt without a doubt.

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  • sam-silent  |  January 19 2014, 8:36PM

    Oh which troll shall Mick Gavaghan be today? Is it "Django_G" or "flinty41" or "flinty11" or maybe he's NOTArugbylover or peh45. Whichever one he decides he is, he will invariably be absolutely clueless. #Harden owns the number 3 shirt. He has no real competition for it.

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  • Newilldon  |  January 19 2014, 8:33PM

    Who cares what the multi-troll Mick Gavaghan AKA "Django_G" AKA "flinty41" AKA "flinty11" thinks! He isn't a Gloucester Rugby supporter and he is the most clueless person ever when it comes to rugby union. #Harden is the No.1 tight head at Gloucester!

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