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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 January, 2005, 17:39 GMT
Gloucester 0-27 Stade Francais
HEINEKEN CUP POOL 6
Pierre Rabadan tackles Gloucester's Joer Boer
Gloucester (0) 0
Stade Francais (27) 27
Tries: Mauro Bergamasco, Glas, Dominici
Cons: Skrela (3)
Pens: Skrela (2)
Att: 13,000

Gloucester's slim European hopes were destroyed as Stade Francais silenced Kingsholm in the first half.

Tries by Mauro Bergamasco, Christophe Dominici and Stephane Glas, along with David Skrela's kicking, meant the game was over as a contest by the break.

The second half was damage limitation, but the visitors were so dominant there was never any threat of a comeback.

James Simpson-Daniel worked hard for the home side but the first-half show meant the outcome was never in doubt.

Skrela's second-minute penalty got the visitors off on the right foot, but Gloucester could not have predicted the 11 minute blitz they were about to suffer which settled the outcome of the game.

Juan Martin Hernandez' deft kick over the defence set up Dominici to touch down for the first score.

The second was literally handed to the visitors, as Glas ran in unopposed after intercepting Alex Brown's pass 30 metres out.

"That was probably the worst first half in my coaching career.I was embarrassed by it"
Gloucester's Nigel Melville

Gloucester threatened briefly, but when Terry Fanuloa dropped the ball in the Stade half, the French side counter-attacked, and although Marcel Garvey prevented Glas going over, Bergamasco followed up to add the third try.

The fact they prevented the visitors adding to the scoreline after the break was the only real crumb of comfort Gloucester could take from the day.

But their first home defeat in Europe and a first home whitewash since February 1993 were likely to overshadow any consolation they could take from the second half.

The win sets up a home tie for Stade against Newcastle in the quarter-finals.

After the game, Gloucester rugby director Nigel Melville was brutally honest in his appraisal of the day.

"That was probably the worst first half in my coaching career," he said.

"I was embarrassed by the first half, I have to admit that. It wasunacceptable from our point of view.

"We have lost a lot of respect with our supporters, who have been absolutely fantastic, and we have to earn that respect back."


Gloucester: Goodridge, Garvey, Fanolua, Paul, Simpson-Daniel, McRae, Gomarsall, Bezuidenhout, Parkes, Vickery, Eustace, Brown, Boer, Hazell, Forrester
Replacements: Elloway, Sigley, Buxton, Balding, Page, Mauger,Bailey.

Stade Francais: Henandez, Arias, Glas, Liebenberg, Dominici,Skrela, Pichot, Roncero, Blin, De Villiers, Auradou, Brouzet, Rabadan, Bergamasco, Sowerby
Replacements: Kayser, Marconnet, James, Martin, Poulain, Sarramea, Filol.



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