Gloucester give Redpath reason to be cheerful

GLOUCESTER coach Bryan Redpath is relishing the prospect of a European quarter-final after his team's bonus-point victory over Newport Gwent Dragons.

The English side gained the consolation prize of a place in this season's Amlin Challenge Cup last eight after ending their Heineken Cup Pool 2 campaign with a 32-23 win at Rodney Parade.

They now drop down into the second-tier tournament where they will be joined by five group winners of that competition and two other Heineken Cup sides.

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"There was a quarter-final place at stake today, and it is a big thing," said Redpath.

"It was a big match for us. A European quarter-final gives us something to look forward to. We haven't had a great record away from home. We got the four tries that we needed."

Fijian flanker Akapusi Qera was Gloucester's key man, scoring a hat-trick of tries before the bonus point was sealed through a 74th-minute penalty try.

Redpath added: "I was frustrated with our first-half performance – we did not look energised – but we were a lot stronger in the second period, particularly the forwards. To score four tries away from home is a good return. Qera is a handful when he plays like that."

The Dragons, six points clear at the break, managed a Rhodri Gomer-Davies try and a late Ashley Smith touchdown in addition to two penalties, a drop-goal and a conversion from James Arlidge, and a Jason Tovey conversion.