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Match Report: Leicester Tigers 24 Gloucester Rugby 10

16 Sep 2017
Match Report: Leicester Tigers 24 Gloucester Rugby 10

Leicester Tigers produced a brilliant first-half display to see off Gloucester Rugby 24-10 and claim their first Aviva Premiership Rugby win of the season at Welford Road.

Ben Youngs went over twice in the first quarter of an hour, with former Sevens star Nick Malouf then running in a fine third as Leicester led 21-0 at the break.

Gloucester started the second half well, grabbing a try from Josh Hohneck, followed by a Billy Twelvetrees penalty.

George Ford added a penalty for Tigers but they could not find their way over for the bonus-point score despite threatening late on.

It took nine minutes for Youngs to break the deadlock as he showed some quick-thinking with a tap penalty to sneak over.

Ford converted and it was the same story six minutes later, with Youngs this time sniping over after a rolling maul.

Tigers were three scores clear after 21 minutes, with Malouf showing his finishing skills to thread his way through a number of would-be tacklers to score. Ford again converted.

Gloucester had been under the cosh for much for the first half, but were much-improved early in the second.

After working their way into Tigers territory, Willi Heinz delayed a pass before feeding Hohneck, who had the power and quick feet to get past Telusa Veainu to score.

Twelvetrees converted and added a penalty to cut the deficit to 11, but Ford responded with a three-pointer for the home side.

And despite lots of late Leicester pressure, that was it for the scoring, with Tigers off the mark after defeats to Bath Rugby and Northampton Saints.