Gloucester Rugby: Ackermann’s side all but out after defeat in Ireland

Gloucester Rugby’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter final hopes are all but over after suffering a last gasp defeat 27-24 to Connaught in Ireland.

The Cherry and Whites had seemed on course to record back to back victories over the Irish province as they led 24-13 with only four minutes left on the clock.

Shane Delahunt gave the home side hope before Robin Copeland dramatically crossed the white line with the clock in the red.

Two second-half Mark Atkinson tries either side of a Lewis Ludlow score seemed to have sealed a Gloucester win.

 The Premiership club earned two points from the Sportsground contest after scoring four tries – including Gerbrandt Grobler’s first-half score.  


Gloucester need to win their last two pool games in convincing fashion and hope results go their way to have any hopes of making it into the last eight.

The Kingsholm side recommence their European Campaign after Christmas with a home game against Montpellier on January 11th.

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