Gloucester crashed out of the Heineken Cup as Stade became the first team to win a Heineken Cup match at Kingsholm.

Stade romped to a 27-0 lead at halftime, and although the home side improved their defence to prevent a mauling, they couldn’t get on the scoreboard – the first time they have ever been held scoreless in the Heineken Cup.

Stade fly-half David Skrela opened the scoring with a penalty goal, before converting winger Christophe Dominici’s try to give the visitors an early 10-0 lead.

The home side’s chances of quarter-final qualification were left hanging by the barest of threads when Stade centre Stephane Glas plucked a stray Gloucester pass out of the air to score under the posts.

Flanker Mauro Bergamasco was the next Stade player over the try-line as the Cherry and Whites committed rugby suicide with basic mistakes, and the French club were 24-0 up in barely as many minutes.

A Skrela penalty goal gave Stade a 27-0 lead at halftime, but Gloucester regathered and produced a 100 percent improvement in the second spell. The visitors needed another try for a bonus point, but Gloucester showed courage to keep them out.