If you watched the first half of this game you would think we were in for a classic French defeat away from home. Joe Simpson dominated that first half with his pace and eye for the gap, dotting down 2 tries on the way to Gloucester taking an 11 point lead into the shed.
The Gloucester backs were meandering around the pitch finding gaps and looking they would stroll home in the second half, but the French outfit had other ideas.
A big undoing for this performance was the Gloucester lineout, with Toulouse taking 6 steals in lineout, every time stopping the Gloucester momentum in the game, with kickable penalties then starting to rack up for the home team the lead started to narrow and a try for Sebatien Bezy on 61 minutes changed the game. With Toulouse bringing on players to freshen up the pack their sheer power made sure that Gloucester were not at the races in the second half.
Gloucester will kick themselves for a poor lineout which at crucial moments cost them a way of getting back into the match.
Set piece costs you games and i think from Gloucester could have gone on to win this, but when you give the Toulouse pack more ball to rumble and there backs time and space, you have to be a special team not to lose the lead.
Definitely a ‘what could have been moment’ for Gloucester who will now face an uphill challenge in the pool stages of the cup.