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Big finish delights Redpath

Gloucester boss Bryan Redpath hailed "a great performance" from his team after they stunned Heineken Cup heavyweights Toulouse at Kingsholm.

Four-time European champions Toulouse, though, still progress to the quarter-finals as Pool Six winners after Aviva Premiership leaders Harlequins lost by a point against Connacht in Galway.

"It was a great performance," said Redpath, following the 34-24 bonus point win. "We knew they had picked a big, physical side and we showed them a lot of respect. I thought numbers one to 23 - our substitutes that came on made a big difference as well - were great. I am delighted for the boys because we finished off the Heineken Cup in style."

Full-back Jonny May led the way with a try double, while England wing Charlie Sharples and Fijian flanker Akapusi Qera also crossed and fly-half Freddie Burns booted 14 points.

Wing Timoci Matanavou touched down twice for the visitors, with skipper Thierry Dusautoir scoring early on and fly-half Lionel Beauxis adding three conversions and a penalty.

But Toulouse were outplayed by a Gloucester team that despite already being eliminated from the quarter-final equation, blew them apart.

Young backs like May, Sharples and Burns had a field day, performing with a thrilling sense of adventure and creativity which had Toulouse's stamp all over it.

Redpath added: "Freddie has been improving over the past six or seven weeks, and he has been learning to do things other than the fancy stuff. In general terms, he controlled the game pretty well.

"Jonny is in the top two try-scorers in the Premiership, and he has probably scored a few in the Heineken and LV= Cup. With Charlie (Sharples) as well, our back three were dangerous tonight.

"The Premiership is now our main goal because we lose 11 players on Monday to international duties in different teams, and that has a knock-on with a small squad."


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