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Gloucester remained unbeaten in Pool Five after cruising to a 35-10 bonus-point victory over Zebre in the European Challenge Cup on Sunday.

The Cherry and Whites fell behind to an early Hennie Daniller try, but scores from Steve McColl and James Hook, as well as 11 points from the boot of Greig Laidlaw, gave the hosts a 21-5 lead at the break.

Zebre were given hope of a comeback when Michele Visentin went over shortly after the restart, but Matt Kvesic all but sealed victory when he powered through for a third try.

Gloucester sealed maximum points when Mark Atkinson scored late on and Billy Burns added his second conversion to confirm the win.

David Humphreys' side moved six points clear at the top of the pool ahead of a return trip to Italy next Saturday.

Edinburgh led the standings in Pool Four after they came from behind to beat London Welsh 25-13 at Murrayfield.

Welsh looked on course to register their first victory of the campaign in all competitions when they led 13-6 at half-time thanks to an interception try from Rhys Crane and eight points kicked by Gordon Ross.

Edinburgh's Tom Heathcote had kept his side in touching distance, however, with two penalties in the first half and WP Nel's try early in the second period further reduced the deficit.

Welsh tired as the game went on and Edinburgh took full advantage as Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and Neil Cochrane came off the bench to score two more tries, both converted by Hidalgo-Clyne, and seal a hard-earned victory.

The win maintained Edinburgh's 100 per cent record so far and left them one point clear of Bordeaux-Begles in Pool Five.


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