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Gloucester beat La Rochelle, Ospreys win in Challenge Cup

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Gloucester claimed top spot in Pool 1 of the European Challenge Cup with a 35-14 bonus-point victory over La Rochelle at Kingsholm.

The French side took an early lead when Kevin Gourdon seized on a loose pass to touch down but Gloucester responded through Mark Atkinson, Josh Hohneck and Ollie Thorley to lead 22-7 at the break.

La Rochelle pulled one back early in the second half as David Raikuna broke out of a tackle to go over in the corner but two penalties from Greig Laidlaw put the game beyond the visitors' reach.

Matt Scott put the seal on victory -- and secured the bonus point -- by crossing from a fine angled run in the last minute. The sides are due to meet again in their reverse fixture on Saturday.

Keelan Giles added another pair of tries to his collection as Ospreys coasted to a 59-7 European Challenge Cup win over Grenoble to maintain a perfect record in Pool 2.

Giles, shortlisted for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award, took his tally to 11 tries in just seven appearances for Ospreys.

Dafydd Howells also crossed twice, while there were further tries for Kieron Fonotia, Sam Parry, Alun Wyn Jones, Josh Matavesi and Dan Biggar, who added seven conversions.

Ospreys are five points clear of Lyon after three games following the French side's 42-12 win over Newcastle.

Centre Paul Bonnefond went in for a hat trick for the hosts, who also breached the Falcons' defence through Sami Mavinga, Felix Lambey and Agustin Figuerola.

Flanker Daniel Temm and replacement hooker Rob Vickers went over for Newcastle's tries, with fly-half Brett Connon adding a conversion.

In the evening's other match, Benetton Treviso recorded a 28-15 win over Bayonne in Pool 1.