Cipriani scores 14 points as Gloucester beat Castres

Danny Cipriani scored 14 of Gloucester’s 19 points in their victory over Castres. (AFP pic)

PARIS: Danny Cipriani kicked 14 points to help Gloucester to a 19-14 victory over French champions Castres in the European Champions Cup on Sunday.

The mercurial fly-half, axed last month from Eddie Jones’ England training squad, booted four penalties and converted Callum Braley’s first-half try.

Castres responded with a try from winger Martin Laveau. Julien Dumora scored a conversion and two penalties to grab a valuable defensive bonus point in a Pool 2 that also features Exeter and Munster, who drew 10-10 on Saturday.

Cardiff Blues, who won the second-tier Challenge Cup last season, ran out comfortable 30-21 victors over Lyon in Pool 3, a tough group that also includes Glasgow and two-time winners Saracens.

New Zealand-born Gareth Anscombe produced a man-of-the-match performance from full-back in a timely outing ahead of Wales’ November internationals.

Anscombe crossed for a memorable 55-metre try in a consummate showing that also saw him kick three penalties and three conversions. Olly Robinson and Tomos Williams also scored for the Welsh team.

France veteran Lionel Beauxis kept plugging away to keep the home side in the game, but a Blues backrow led by skipper Ellis Jenkins dominated the breakdown to turn the match.