Edinburgh Rugby vs Gloucester Rugby, Fri, 01/05/2015 - 19:45

After a determined run in European competition, Edinburgh were unable to pull off the ultimate challenge and went down 13-19 to Gloucester in the Challenge Cup Final at Twickenham Stoop.

Head coach Alan Solomons said: "We didn't play particularly well in the first half but we showed resilience and came back in the second half.

"I thought we had a real chance when Fordy got the try to put the score at 13-19 but, credit to our opponents, they stuck in.

"On thing we pride ourselves on is our resilience. It's been tough to take but the guys are determined to see out the season in style."

Edinburgh had the first taste of points after Gloucester were pinged at an early breakdown and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne kicked the penalty. However his opposite number and former team-mate, Greig Laidlaw, soon kicked Gloucester level before England centre Billy Twelvetrees scored the first try, taking off across the line after some solid work in the set piece.

The more physical side at the breakdown, Gloucester made another break for the line but Edinburgh stooped the advance, lock Anton Bresler being subsequently sin-binned for his efforts.

With Tom Brown replacing Greig Tonks at full back in the second half, due to an ongoing niggle with the latter's hamstring, the former brought renewed bite to the attack however two more penallties from Laidlaw's boot extended Gloucester's lead.

Their form in attack was mirrored by a hype in indiscipline, however, as Ross Moriarty was yellow-carded for a knee in the back and Bill Meakes sent off for a high tackle on Sam Beard, allowed Edinburgh back into the match. With the man advantage, Edinburgh kept up the pressure on the Gloucester 5m and Ford forced his way over to put just six points between the sides.

Edinburgh never gave up, as the last ten minutes ticked over but Gloucester rose to the challenge displaying some tenacious defence. Hopes of those north of the border rose when the Scots were camped on the Gloucester 5m, seemingly for ages, but the English side held their nerve, the ball travelled upfield and on 80m they again took advantage.

Turnover ball was kicked out and the celebrations started for those in cherry, while those in red could only dream of what might have been.

Team lineups

Edinburgh Rugby
Gloucester Rugby

Backs

15
14
13
12
11
10
9

Backs

15 Charlie Sharples
14 Jonny May
13 Bill Meakes
12 Billy Twelvetrees
11 Henry Purdy
10 James Hook
9 Greig Laidlaw

Forwards

1 Nick Wood
2 Richard Hibbard
3 John Afoa
4 Tom Savage
5 Tom Palmer
6 Ross Moriarty
7 Matt Kvesic
8 Gareth Evans

Substitutes

16 Darren Dawidiuk
17 Yann Thomas
18 Sila Puafisi
19 Mariano Galarza
20 Jacob Rowan
21 Dan Robson
22 Billy Burns
23 Steve McColl
Attendance: 
14 316
There is no points table for this competition.