Fixtures - Top Bar

European round-up: Hook inspires Gloucester Rugby into semi-finals

CharlieSharplesGlosConnEuro1005SB15

It was a strong defensive effort that made all the difference according to director of rugby David Humphreys after Gloucester Rugby saw off Connacht in their European Challenge Cup quarter-final.

Fly-half James Hook was in scintillating form as he created scores for Charlie Sharples and Billy Meakes in the first half at Kingsholm on Friday night.

The Irish province refused to roll over in the second half however, and a penalty try prompted a nervous finish as the Cherry & Whites had to dig in defensively to secure the victory.

And Humphreys singled out Hook and Matt Kvesic for special praise after his side set up a home semi-final and remain unbeaten in Europe this season.

“Ultimately our defence won us the game. After a five-day turnaround, we were very good in the first half but we tightened up in the second half and made a few errors,” he said.

"It was very nervy at the end and it was a massive relief to win but that's what knock-out rugby is all about. It's a reward for the amount of hard work we've put in this season."

"When James (Hook) plays well, we play well. We see them every week and both (Hook & Kvesic) are quality international players and therefore we'd love to see them represent their country again."

Gloucester now face Aviva Premiership Rugby rivals Exeter Chiefs or Newcastle Falcons in the semi-final at Kingsholm in a fortnight with Humphreys looking forward to the challenge.

"We are delighted to get another big game for Kingsholm. We are moving in the right direction and our results at Kingsholm have been improving since the New Year. We don't mind who we play as we should always be concerned about our own game."

Meanwhile, Connacht head coach Pat Lam could take plenty of positives from his side’s gritty display in adversity in the West Country. 

“I'm proud of the guys as they are a very young group who are very resilient and keep coming back," he said.

"Gloucester is always a tough place to come and they've got a lot of big-game players. We didn't exit well and gave away soft tries in the first half but at half-time the boys were determined to get back into it so we were much more ruthless after the restart."
 
 
Gloucester
Tries: Sharples, Meakes
Conversions: Laidlaw 2
 
Connacht
Tries: penalty
Conversions: Carty
 
Attendance: 14,236
Referee: Mathieu Raynal

 

Latest News

Ed Slater suspended after club disciplinary hearing

Leicester Tigers have suspended forward Ed Slater from playing for two weeks following an internal disciplinary hearing. Following a citing,…

Ed Slater

Will Spencer backs Worcester Warriors for Anglo-Welsh Cup run

Lock Will Spencer claims Worcester Warriors will be pulling no punches when they return to Anglo-Welsh Cup duty against Harlequins…

Will Spencer has played six times for Worcester Warriors this season

Owen Farrell leads the way in Europe

No one has more points in the European Rugby Champions Cup than Owen Farrell after the Saracens fly-half was exceptional…

Owen Farrell kicked five points in Saracens victory over Toulon

Bristol Grammar School To Host Land Rover Cup

Bristol Rugby Community Foundation’s Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup will be held at Bristol Grammar School’s Sports Ground on Clevedon…

Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup

Saints and supporters help raise even more money for Royal British Legion

Northampton Saints and its supporters have a long track record of getting behind the country’s servicemen and women. This has…

Saints and supporters help raise even more money for Royal British Legion

Saracens to face Glasgow Warriors – Mark McCall reaction

Defending champions Saracens will face Glasgow Warriors at Allianz Park in the quarter final stages of the European Rugby Champions…

Mark McCall

How the European Rugby Champions Cup semi-finals draw works

Following confirmation of the Champions Cup quarter-final line-up, the 2016/17 semi-final pairings will be as follows: Semi-final 1 - winner…

championscup17sb1111

Carlo Festuccia to re-join Wasps for remainder of season

Former Italy, Wasps and Zebre hooker, Carlo Festuccia, has re-joined Wasps on a short-term contract until the end of the…

Carlo Festuccia

Aviva Premiership Rugby European round-up: Wasps make quarter-finals

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was far from overawed by his side’s performance in Italy, despite a 41-27 success…

PARMA, ITALY - JANUARY 21:  Christian Wade  of Wasps scores a fourth try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Zebre Rugby and Wasps at  Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on January 21, 2017 in Parma, Italy.  (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)

How the Challenge Cup semi-final draw works

If you've always struggled to work out how the semi-final draw of the European Challenge Cup works then look no…

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Lewis Ludlow of Gloucester scores his team's first try of the game during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Gloucester Rugby and Bayonne on January 21, 2017 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final draw

Reigning champions Saracens have earned a home quarter-final against Glasgow Warriors in the European Champions Cup quarter-finals after topping Pool…

JameHakellWapCa14B1005

European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final draw

Group winners Bath Rugby and Gloucester Rugby will both be at home in their European Challenge Cup quarter-finals after topping…

BATH, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Anthony Watson of Bath Rugby goes over for his sides third try during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Bath Rugby and Pau at the Recreation Ground on January 21, 2017 in Bath, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Aviva Premiership Rugby European wrap: Big displays see Saracens, Gloucester Rugby and Bath Rugby progress

Mark McCall believes his Saracens side delivered a “coming of age” performance after a dogged 10-3 victory over Toulon guaranteed…

BARNET, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21:  Chris Ashton of Saracens scores the first try during the European Rugby Champions Cup between Saracens and RC Toulon at Allianz Park on January 21, 2017 in Barnet, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

European round-up: Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints did captain Lee Dickson proud on Friday night despite suffering a 26-17 defeat at the hands of Montpellier…

BARNET, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Lee Dickson of Northampton passes the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on September 17, 2016 in Barnet, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Concussion Management Review Group Update – Sale Sharks

The joint RFU/Premiership Rugby Concussion Management Review Group met following the referral of the untoward incident involving Sale Sharks’ player…

PremRugbyBallsSngle

Matt Hopper: Harlequins ready for Stade Francais cup final

Harlequins are gearing up for a ‘cup final’ when they visit France in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, but centre…

Harlequins v Saracens - Aviva Premiership

Chris Harris desperate to kick on after Newcastle Falcons return

Newcastle Falcons’ narrow European Rugby Challenge Cup loss to Grenoble may have dashed their hopes of making it through to…

Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Gloucester Rugby name side for final European pool game against Bayonne

With a home quarter-final spot resting on the result, Gloucester Rugby make seven changes for the visit of Aviron Bayonnais…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Wasps team to travel to Parma to play Zebre Rugby

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his squad to travel to Parma, for Wasps’ final match in the Champions…

Wasps v Toulouse - European Rugby Champions Cup

Donncha O’Callaghan to lead Worcester Warriors against Russians

Donncha O’Callaghan will lead Warriors in their final European Challenge Cup game of the 2016/17 campaign against Enisei-STM at Sixways…

Harlequins v Worcester Warriors - Aviva Premiership