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Gloucester claim top spot in Pool 1 after Challenge Cup win over La Rochelle

Gloucester claimed top spot in Pool 1 of the European Challenge Cup with a 35-14 bonus-point victory over La Rochelle at Kingsholm.

The French side took an early lead when Kevin Gourdon seized on a loose pass to touch down but Gloucester responded through Mark Atkinson, Josh Hohneck and Ollie Thorley to lead 22-7 at the break.

La Rochelle pulled one back early in the second half as David Raikuna broke out of a tackle to go over in the corner but two penalties from Greig Laidlaw put the game beyond the visitors' reach.

Matt Scott put the seal on victory - and secured the bonus point - by crossing from a fine angled run in the last minute. The sides are due to meet again in their reverse fixture on Saturday.

Thursday's other match between Grenoble and Ospreys was postponed because of a frozen pitch at the Stade des Alpes. The fixture has been rearranged for Friday.

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