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Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 34-16 Gloucester Rugby

Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 34-16 Gloucester Rugby

Leicester Tigers moved into the Gallagher Premiership Rugby top six with a convincing win against Gloucester Rugby.

Jonny May grabbed two tries, while Jonah Holmes and George Ford also crossed at Welford Road in a result that bumps Gloucester down from third to fourth.

Gareth Evans scored Gloucester’s only try, while Billy Twelvetrees scored 11 points from the tee.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Jonny May might have grabbed the headlines against his former club but George Ford was inspired from fly-half for the Tigers.

The playmaker was instrumental in all four tries, helping to set up three before scoring the fourth himself, as he stuck close to the line and delivered flat passes that tore the Gloucester defence to shreds.

The 25-year-old was also deadly off the tee, nailing four conversions and two penalties.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Not all players thrive against their former club but Jonny May was electric from start to finish against Gloucester Rugby, with two tries to take his season’s tally up to nine.

His first was a simple finish but the second included some pure magic. Replacement Kyle Eastmond, back from four weeks out, was at the heart of the move and he combined with Ben Youngs in midfield.

Youngs created space down the right and fed the ball to May and he put on the afterburners, sprinting clear of the Gloucester defence before diving under the posts.

TRY OF THE MATCH

Leicester’s second try was a thing of beauty, with Matt Toomua again underlining why he is such a classy operator.

With Gloucester edging back into the match following May’s early try, Leicester hit back. Ford ran flat to the Gloucester line and fired a dagger at Toomua, who side-stepped one defender and made a bending run before slipping a no-look pass back on the inside.

Waiting was Jonah Holmes, who held off a tackle and sprinted through to score a simple try.

WHAT THEY SAID?

Leicester Tigers’ head coach Geordan Murphy: “I was really pleased with the performance, there’s so many things that we can work on to make it a perfect picture though.

“It seems to be that we’ve learned lessons from previous losses. Tonight, we stayed composed, we stayed calm.

“There was one little glitch when we gave away a try with an interception, but there was some great defence out there.

“We’re in a very tough place at the minute after some tough losses. But there’s been some resilience in there too and I thought today we went about our business very nicely, building a score.”

Gloucester Rugby head coach Johan Ackermann: “The end of 2018 and the start of 2019 wasn’t good for us.

“The decision-making and the skill weren’t at the same levels, but there was still plenty of effort out there.

“There were plenty of hard-working individuals putting their bodies out there and that’s something I can work with.

“Credit to Leicester though, every mistake we made, they pounced on and they were very clinical. Every ball that fell on the ground, they got good reward from that turnover.”

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