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Gloucester come from behind to edge Edinburgh

MATCH REPORT: The boot of flyhalf Adam Hastings secured a big win for Gloucester over Edinburgh, confirming their spot in the Challenge Cup Round of 16.

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The two teams matched each other throughout the game and were separated by just two points at the break.

Glen Young had opened the scoring with the first half’s only try, the conversion missed by Ben Healy.

Hastings knocked over the first of his four penalties to ensure the visiting side were in touching distance, the score 5-3 at half-time.

Gloucester then burst into the lead after the break with Louis Rees-Zammit, who ran half the length of the pitch for an unconverted score.

Healy kicked a penalty, but Hastings responded in kind and added two of his own to hand the Premiership side a seven-point lead.

The hosts then struck back with two scores, Ewan Ashman and Ben Vellacott wrestling back power for Edinburgh, but with Healy only converting one Gloucester was able to take back the initiative when Hastings converted a Zach Mercer try, the visitors taking a 21-20 lead into the final 15 minutes.

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But try as the hosts might, the one-point difference proved just enough and the visitors headed home with the win.

The scorers

For Edinburgh
Tries: Young, Ashman, Vellacott
Con: Healy
Pen: Healy

For Gloucester
Tries: Rees-Zammit, Mercer
Con: Hastings
Pens: Hastings 3

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Yellow card: Seb Atkinson (Gloucester, 20)

Teams

Edinburgh: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Matt Currie, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Ben Healy, 9 Ali Price, 8 Bill Mata, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Glen Young, 5 Grant Gilchrist (captain), 4 Sam Skinner, 3 WP Nel, 2 Dave Cherry, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Ewan Ashman, 17 Robin Hislop, 18 Angus Williams, 19 Marshall Sykes, 20 Tom Dodd, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 James Lang, 23 Harry Paterson.

Gloucester: 15 Louis Rees-Zammit, 14 Jonny May, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Seb Atkinson, 11 Ollie Thorley, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 Caolan Englefield, 8 Zach Mercer, 7 Lewis Ludlow (captain), 6 Jack Clement, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Freddie Clarke, 3 Kirill Gotovtsev, 2 Seb Blake, 1 Jamal Ford-Robinson.
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Harry Elrington, 18 Fraser Balmain, 19 Cameron Jordan, 20 Ruan Ackermann, 21 Steve Varney, 22 Max Llewellyn, 23 Lloyd Evans.

Referee: Gianluca Gnecchi (Italy)
Assistant referees: Alex Frasson (Italy), Manuel Bottino (Italy)
TMO: Stefano Roscini (Italy)

Source: @ChallengeCup_

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