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Tigers suffer first away defeat in Kingsholm thriller

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Gloucester 27 Leicester Tigers 21

Leicester Tigers suffered their first away Aviva Premiership defeat of the season after a thrilling contest at a packed Kingsholm.

The home side hardly escaped their own half in the final 20 minutes as Tigers piled forward in search of a match-winning try.

But the Cherry & Whites stood firm and, despite going down to 13 men at one stage, held on to the delight of the home crowd.

Gloucester had enjoyed the better of the first half with Freddie Burns' try the highlight - the fly-half gathering his own chip through to touch down near the posts.

That came after Charlie Sharples had opened the scoring for the hosts after just 50 seconds.

Scott Hamilton's gutsy finish on 12 minutes got Leicester back in the game and Toby Flood's 40th-minute penalty pulled his side to within a converted try at the break as Gloucester led 17-11.

Akapusi Qera's stunning try on 53 minutes made it 27-14 to the hosts but Tigers completely dominated after Jimmy Cowan and Rob Cook were both yellow-carded within 60 seconds on 58 and 59 minutes.

A penalty try, that had been coming for a long while, finally arrived soon after and Leicester laid siege to the Gloucester line.

Several half chances came and went though and when a last-ditch five-metre scrum was repelled, Kingsholm celebrated wildly.

For the full story, see Monday's Mercury.



 

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