Holders La Rochelle survive scare to edge Gloucester

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La Rochelle carry the ball against GloucesterLa Rochelle will play Saracens or Ospreys in the quarter-finals
La Rochelle: (15) 29
Tries: Bougarit, Thomas 2, Kerr-Barlow; Pen: Hastoy; Cons: Hastoy 3
Gloucester: (15) 26
Tries: Harris, Clarke, Rees-Zammit; Pens: Twelvetrees 3; Con: Twelvetrees

Gloucester produced an outstanding display but fell agonisingly short of upsetting holders La Rochelle in the last 16 of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Defensively resolute and attacking with freedom throughout, Gloucester led by four points with four minutes left.

But Teddy Thomas went over in the corner for his second try to ensure the French side progressed to the quarter-finals.

Ronan O'Gara's team will face Saracens or Ospreys in the last eight.

Chris Harris and Freddie Clarke went over for Gloucester in a first half that ended level at 15-15.

After falling seven points behind early in the second period, Louis Rees-Zammit's try and two Billy Twelvetrees penalties put the Cherry and Whites on the brink of a famous victory.

The hosts were roared on during a spell of sustained pressure near Gloucester's try-line and eventually spread the ball wide for Thomas to score the match-winning try.

More to follow.

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La Rochelle: Dulin; Thomas, Rhule, Danty, Favre; Hastoy, Kerr-Barlow; Sclavi, Bourgarit, Atonio, Lavault, Skelton, Dillane, Botia, Alldritt (c).

Replacements: Lespiaucq, Wardi, Colombe, Sazy, Tanga, Boudehent, Berjon, Reus.

Gloucester: Carreras; Rees-Zammit, Harris, Atkinson, Thorley; Twelvetrees, Varney; Vivas, Blake, Gotovtsev, Clarke, Alemanno, Ackermann, Ludlow (c), Clement.

Replacements: Walker, Elrington, Ford-Robinson, Jordan, Thomas, Morgan, Chapman, May.

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)

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