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Davies hails May after big victory

Gloucester boss Nigel Davies hailed Jonny May's brilliance after his wonder try set the Cherry and Whites on their way to a bonus point win over Perpignan.

Gloucester scored five tries in a comprehensive 36-18 success that secured a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals in early April.

Shane Monahan touched down twice and Charlie Sharples and Ben Morgan also crossed but it was May's stunning solo score that stood out at the Stade Aime Giral.

May sliced through four defenders from fully 80 metres after picking up a loose ball on the edge of his own 22, with his pace and balance leaving the cover grabbing at thin air with 13 minutes on the clock.

Davies said: "He's got those moments in him and every team needs players like that, players who can finish a half chance or create something from nothing.

"We knew if we could turn them over we could cause them problems and he's a superb finisher.

"It's an exceptional result for us. The last time we won an away game in France in the Heineken Cup was the 2007/08 season. Not many sides come away with a win here but we've managed it with a bonus point.

"To a man the players stood up individually and performed. We backed ourselves to play rugby and have a go at Perpignan.

"There were a couple of areas where we were second best in the first half but we put that right in the second. The boys knew what was in front of them and overall it was a very good performance."

Gloucester put their poor league form behind them with arguably their best showing of the season to date as they jumped above Cardiff Blues on tries scored to win the race to the last eight.

Davies has seen his side struggle in the Aviva Premiership but he is convinced their extended European journey will be a huge boost for both the short-term and long-term future of the club.

"To be in a quarter-final in Europe in is big for us," added Davies.

"The more exposure we get at this level the better.

"It will be a great occasion for us and it will be a great thing in terms of the development of this team. The more experience you gain, that's when you start to move forward and win these big matches.

"We've started going in the right direction. We got knocked backwards but Munster was a step forwards and today was yet another."


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