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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 October, 2004, 16:39 GMT 17:39 UK
Gloucester 55-13 Ulster
Jon Goodridge scored for Gloucester
Gloucester: (26) 55:
Tries: Bezuidenhout, Garvey, Simpson-Daniel, McRae, Balding, Goodridge
Cons: Paul 5
Pens: Paul 4
Drop: Paul
Ulster: (13) 13:
Tries: Humphreys
Cons: Humphreys
Pen: Humphreys 2
Att: 12,487
Gloucester moved closer to a place in the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup with a thumping victory over Ulster at Kingsholm.

The home side were dominant in the forwards and at the set-piece and also displayed greater finishing power.

Ulster were well placed until just before the interval when Gloucester's second try opened up a 13-point gap.

And Ulster failed to score in the second half as Gloucester's pack laid the foundations for another six tries.

Ulster were on the back foot from the kick-off, Gloucester establishing a 9-3 lead after only 16 minutes courtesy of three Henry Paul penalties to David Humphreys' one.

But it was Humphreys who created the first try of the game, sending scrum-half Neil Doak on a curving run and arriving again to score after Kevin Maggs was hauled down just short.

The fly-half then converted his own try to give the Irish province a 10-9 lead.

Paul put Gloucester ahead with his fourth penalty before Gloucester stand-off Duncan McRae intercepted a Humphreys pass and raced 70 metres to score.

The game was scrappy but when we did things we talked about we posed problems for them
Nigel Melville, Gloucester director of rugby

And just before the break, Humphreys dropped a low pass from Doak leading to a Jon Goodridge try.

Gloucester, with Phil Vickery, Andy Hazell and Chris Fortey to the fore, went into overdrive in the second half.

Paul dropped a goal following a massive drive just after the break before prop Christo Bezuidenhout scored Gloucester's third try after 54 minutes.

And when Humphreys again had a pass picked off by Simpson-Daniel two minutes later, Gloucester were assured a bonus point.

The home side then lost McRae to what looked a serious injury before Marcel Garvey and Adam Balding completed the rout in stoppage time.

The result leaves Gloucester five points behind leaders Stade Francais, with Ulster one point further back.

Gloucester: Goodridge, Garvey, Fanolua, Paul, Simpson-Daniel, McRae, Gomarsall, Bezuidenhout, Fortey, Vickery, Eustace, Brown, Buxton, Hazell, Forrester. Replacements: Azam, Powell, Cornwell, Balding, Page, Mauger, Bailey.

Ulster: Cunningham, Bowe, Maggs, Steinmetz, Howe, Humphreys, Doak, S. Best, Brady, Moore, Longwell, McCullough, Ward, N. Best, Wilson. Replacements: Shields, McCormick, Frost, Feather, Campbell, Wallace, Larkin.

Referee: Eric Darriere (France)

Interview: Gloucester coach Nigel Melville (Real)

Interview: Gloucester prop Phil Vickery (Real only)


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