Gloucester 23 Edinburgh 12
Despite being forced to cancel plans to fly to Scotland when problems with air traffic control delayed their flight, Gloucester ground out the win to put them second in Munster’s pool.
While they had to take a six-hour coach journey instead, coach Nigel Davies insisted it did not affect their preparations.
“It was a difficult trip up here but one of the themes we have as a group is to be adaptable and not to moan or whinge,” he said.
“So the boys were great after we decided to come by coach. It only put an hour on to our journey time and I congratulated the boys for the way they responded before the game.”
Edinburgh were culpable for their own downfall as they were caught flat in defence for both of Gloucester’s opening two tries.
Rob Cook levelled Greig Tonks’ opening score for the hosts before Martyn Thomas dived over twice to set up a victory.
Thomas’ second touchdown came after Jonny May ran 50 yards from inside his own half, dancing past several Edinburgh players as he slalomed from one touchline to the other before laying off for his team-mate to give them an 18-point lead. David Denton scored a converted try to give the scoreline a more respectable look for Edinburgh.
Meanwhile Miles Benjamin scored twice in two minutes as Leicester claimed a spirited 41-32 win over Montpellier in yesterday’s Heineken Cup clash at Welford Road.
The 25-year-old repaid Leicester’s faith following more than a year out through a serious neck injury with two first-half scores after Vereniki Goneva had given the Tigers the lead in the fifth minute.
Flanker Jamie Gibson sealed the bonus point for Leicester with his second-half score as Toby Flood kicked 18 points for the Tigers.
EDINBURGH: G Tonks, D Fife, N De Luca, B Atiga, J Cuthbert, H Leonard, H Laidlaw, A Dickinson, A Lutui, W Nel, G Gilchrist, I van der Westhuizen, C Du Preez, R Rennie, D Denton.
Replacements: R Grant for Dickinson (58), W Blaauw for Lutui (58), J Hilterbrand for Rennie (58).
GLOUCESTER: R Cook, M Thomas, H Trinder, B Twelvetrees, J May, F Burns, J Cowan, Y Thomas, D Dawidiuk, S Knight, Stooke, J Hudson, S Kalamafoni, M Kvesic, B Morgan.
Replacements: M Cox for Cowan (60), D Murphy for Y Thomas (71), H Edmonds for Dawidiuk (50), D Robson for Kalamafoni (60).
Ref: Jerome Garces (France).
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