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Dec 7, 2014 at 3.15pm UK at Kingsholm Stadium
GloucesterGloucester Rugby
McColl (22'), Hook (30'), Kvesic (72'), Atkinson (76')
Daniller (9'), Visentin (46')

Result: Gloucester Rugby prove too strong for Zebre

Gloucester Rugby move six points clear at the top of Pool 5 in the European Challenge Cup courtesy of a commanding 35-10 victory over Zebre.

Gloucester Rugby have defeated Zebre 35-10 at Kingsholm Stadium this evening to extend their advantage at the top of Pool 5 in the European Challenge Cup.

The hosts made a positive start to the contest and were ahead inside three minutes when Greig Laidlaw split the sticks to open the scoring.

Stevie McColl of Gloucester Rugby runs in to score a try during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Gloucester Rugby and Zebre at Kingsholm Stadium on December 7, 2014 © Getty Images

Zebre soon hit back through Hendrik Daniller, who latched on to Luciano Orquera's crossfield kick before crossing over.

It was Gloucester who took control before the interval, though, with Laidlaw adding two more successful penalties to his personal tally, in between Stephen McColl's try which followed some fine handling by the returning Billy Twelvetrees.

James Hook further strengthened the Aviva Premiership outfit's advantage when he burst through, capitalising on phases breaking down the Zebre line.

Michele Visentin touched down on the overlap six minutes after the interval to give the Italian club a glimmer of hope, but Gloucester well and truly made sure of the points with two more tries late on.

Matt Kvesic was first to touch down eight minutes from time, before replacement Mark Atkinson crossed over to add a bonus point for his side which sends them six points clear at the summit.

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