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Gloucester keep Cup hopes alive

Gloucester won 55-7 at Rovigo to keep alive their hopes of a place in the quarter-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Henry Trinder, Charlie Sharples and Tim Taylor all scored twice as Gloucester ran in eight tries at Stadio Mario Battaglini. Taylor also converted three tries while Matt Cox and Jonny May also crossed and Freddie Burns added nine points with the boot to cap a comfortable win.

That closed the gap on pool leaders La Rochelle to three points though the French club will deny Gloucester a place in the last eight with victory next weekend.

Harlequins ran in six tries in a comfortable 48-16 victory against European newcomers Cavalieri Estra Pool One.

The result in Italy sets up a winner-takes-all game against group rivals Bourgoin next week with the winner claiming home advantage in the quarter-finals.

Maurice Fa'asavalu scored the first try after 12 minutes and Danny Care followed as Harlequins led 20-6 at the break.

The second half was more impressive from the Aviva Premiership outfit as they wrapped up a bonus-point win with a further four tries. Sam Smith scored two early second-half tries, Cavalieri's Wouter Moore and Tom Casson then traded scores before Karl Dickson went over on the stroke of full-time.

In Pool Four Parma beat Bucaresti 16-12., while a late try by prop Hoani Tui gave Exeter Chiefs a hard-fought 17-6 victory over Bourgoin in Pool Three. Tui crashed over three minutes from time following Tom Johnson's earlier score to seal victory for Rob Baxter's side.

Bourgoin had threatened a comeback after two penalties by former Leeds fly-half Alberto Di Bernardo, who also missed two more kicks. But Exeter had the last say at Sandy Park and a win at Montpellier next week will see them reach the quarter-finals of a European competition for the first time.

Bayonne left themselves facing an uphill struggle to qualify from Pool One as they lost 35-21 at home to Connacht.

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