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Match Report: Gloucester Rugby 24 Leicester Tigers 17

10 Feb 2018
Match Report: Gloucester Rugby 24 Leicester Tigers 17

Henry Trinder grabbed a superb first-half try double as Gloucester Rugby moved into the Aviva Premiership Rugby top four with an impressive victory over Leicester Tigers.

Trinder spectacularly cancelled out tries from Nick Malouf and Joe Ford to make it 14-14 at half-time before a Billy Twelvetrees penalty and Matt Scott’s neat finish after the break secured a 24-17 triumph.

Gloucester made most of the early running but their attacking endeavours only led to the opening try for Tigers as Malouf read a Trinder pass intended for Lewis Ludlow just outside his own 22 and raced away for a fifth Aviva Premiership Rugby try of the season.

But the hosts were level in spectacular fashion midway through the half as quick hands from a pair of flankers, first Jake Polledri then Ludlow, freed Trinder on the left touchline and the centre had enough pace to outstrip the defence and go over in the corner.


Twelvetrees nailed the tricky conversion but they weren’t level for long as Brendon O’Connor and Graham Kitchener exchanged inside passes before the former was hauled down just short of the line and offloaded from the ground to the supporting Ford to finish.

But Trinder ensured the sides went into the break at 14-14 as Jason Woodward made the initial break and after a number of phases down the short side, Tom Marshall got his arms free on the floor and popped a pass to the makeshift winger to dash over.

Twelvetrees stayed perfect from the tee with a penalty early in the second half and the Cherry & Whites took a decisive lead just before the hour mark as a series of powerful runs sucked in the Leicester defence before Scott took advantage of the overlap on the right to dot down.

Despite knocking on the door, the hosts were unable to secure a four-try bonus in the final 20 minutes but the Tigers left the West Country with a losing bonus point of their own as Matt Toomua’s penalty with the last kick of the game narrowed the gap to seven.