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Match Report: Leicester Tigers 26 Gloucester Rugby 24

04 Nov 2017
Match Report: Leicester Tigers 26 Gloucester Rugby 24

Current Anglo-Welsh Cup champions Leicester Tigers got their campaign off to a winning start with an end-to-end match at Welford Road.

Leicester took the lead with Charlie Thacker’s early try and held onto it until Gloucester’s Paddy McAllister burrowed over just before the halfhour.

Tigers regained the lead before half-time with two Joe Ford penalties and then extended it after the interval with Jonah Holmes’ well-taken try.

The Cherry and Whites responded with scores for Ben Vellacott and Tom Hudson but Adam Thompstone struck back and Gloucester’s Lloyd Evans missed with a late penalty that could’ve pinched the match.

It was the midlands side who drew first blood when inside-centre Thacker collected a miss-pass and slipped out of three tackles to touch down in the corner on 12 minutes.

Evans and Ford traded penalties before Cherry and Whites prop McAllister darted over under the posts from a yard out – Evans adding the extras.

Ford, skipper for the day, then swept over a long-range penalty to put the home side ahead and followed it up with another on the stroke of half-time.

After the break Leicester looked to step up the pace and were rewarded on 50 minutes when summer signing Holmes sliced through the Gloucester defence to score under the posts.

But the visitors weren’t ready to let the game slip away and after good work from the pack scrum-half Vellacott jinked over from four metres out, leaving Evans with an easy conversion to make it 21-17.

Five minutes later and Gloucester had the lead, former Leicester man Hudson storming over from 18 metres out, but the east-midlanders had the last say with Thompstone’s finish in the corner in the final ten minutes.