Thursday, September 23News That Matters

Gloucester 16-27 La Rochelle: French side advance to the European Champions Cup last eight

Gloucester have been sent packing from the European Champions Cup but the Cherry and Whites will take solace in pushing La Rochelle all the way.

The high-flying French side arrived in England for the refreshed format of the competition, with Covid forcing the tournament to be changed to a knockout round shootout.

And La Rochelle proved a challenge too strong for the hosts, with tries from Dillyn Leyds and Arthur Retiere, as well as well-take penalties from Ihaia West enough to advance to the last eight.

More to follow. 

La Rochelle are in the last eight of the European Champions Cup after beating Gloucester

La Rochelle are in the last eight of the European Champions Cup after beating Gloucester

La Rochelle are in the last eight of the European Champions Cup after beating Gloucester

South African full-back Dillyn Leyds scored the first try of the game after eight minutes

South African full-back Dillyn Leyds scored the first try of the game after eight minutes

South African full-back Dillyn Leyds scored the first try of the game after eight minutes

Youngster George Barton kept the scoreboard ticking with some superb kicking at goal

Youngster George Barton kept the scoreboard ticking with some superb kicking at goal

Youngster George Barton kept the scoreboard ticking with some superb kicking at goal

La Rochelle extended their advantage after Arthur Retiere found the tryline in the 22nd minute

La Rochelle extended their advantage after Arthur Retiere found the tryline in the 22nd minute

La Rochelle extended their advantage after Arthur Retiere found the tryline in the 22nd minute

Gloucester closed the gap with Ruan Ackermann scoring to the jubilation of Jordy Reid

Gloucester closed the gap with Ruan Ackermann scoring to the jubilation of Jordy Reid

Gloucester closed the gap with Ruan Ackermann scoring to the jubilation of Jordy Reid

Jules Favre thought he added to the scoreboard but TMO disallowed the visitor's try

Jules Favre thought he added to the scoreboard but TMO disallowed the visitor's try

Jules Favre thought he added to the scoreboard but TMO disallowed the visitor’s try