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Gloucester stay in touch
Six tries from Gloucester keep them in Pool Six contention
Gloucester maintained their pursuit of Cardiff Blues in Pool Six of the Heineken Cup with a bonus-point victory over Calvisano at Kingsholm.
The hosts ran in six converted tries, while Ryan Lamb added two penalties to his six conversions to earn a comfortable 48-5 win for the Guinness Premiership side.
Lesley Vainikolo and Matthew Watkins both grabbed two tries and Mark Foster and Luke Narraway added the other two - with Gerard Fraser claiming the only response for the visitors.
The much-needed victory keeps the Cherry and Whites in touching distance of Cardiff in Pool Six with two games left to play.
Ryan Lamb kicked two early penalties to settle the hosts down, but Fraser's try after 21 minutes reduced the deficit to just one point.
After Cardiff's victory in Biarritz earlier in the day, Gloucester knew a bonus-point victory was needed to close the gap down to four points.
Calvisano are without a point yet in the competition and Gloucester's opening try of the day just before the half-hour from Foster got the hosts back on track.
Narraway went over in the final minute of the half and when Lamb added the extras the 13-5 score at the break was a little more comforting, although the hosts knew they would have to do better in the second 40.
Gloucester had to wait 12 minutes after the restart until 'The Volcano' Vainikolo crossed for his first try, and he was followed over the line by Watkins ten minutes later for the all-important fourth try and the bonus point.
With the pressure now off, giant winger Vainikolo got in again on 66 minutes, and again Watkins followed him, as he added his second six minutes from time.
With the Italian side safely dispatched, it keeps Dean Ryan's men in touching distance of Cardiff as the two sides battle for a quarter-final place from Pool Six.
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