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May leads Gloucester to victory


Jonny May (right)

Jonny May (right)

Jonny May (right)

Gloucester floored Heineken Cup heavyweights Toulouse 34-24 at Kingsholm after a brilliant performance inspired by their try-hungry backs.

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

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

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

But they 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 that had Toulouse's stamp all over it.

Gloucester delivered comfortably their best performance of the season, claiming a bonus point in the process, although it was too little too late in terms of this season's Heineken Cup following home and away defeats to Quins after losing in Toulouse.

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For their part, Toulouse will limp, rather than swagger into the last eight for a 13th time, and Gloucester's performance exposed weaknesses in their armoury under pressure.


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