Oct 27, 2012 at 4.45pm UK at ‚ÄčKingsholm Stadium
GloucesterGloucester Rugby
Leicester Tigers
Sharpies, Burns, Quera

Result: Gloucester survive Leicester fightback to claim victory

Gloucester survive a late Leicester fightback to secure a 27-21 victory at the Kingsholm Stadium.

A thrilling encounter between Gloucester and Leicester Tigers at the Kingsholm Stadium has ended 27-21 to the hosts.

Manu Tuilagi is tackled© PA Photos

Charlie Sharples wasted no time in opening the scoring for Gloucester by collecting a kick from Freddie Burns before breaking away to touch down.

Burns converted the try but Toby Flood quickly reduced the deficit for Leicester with a well-taken penalty.

A penalty from Burns restored Gloucester's seven-point lead before Scott Hamilton edged over the line for Leicester's first try.

Burns produced a moment of brilliance before half-time by chipping over Leicester's defence and running clear to make the 17-8.

Flood and Burns traded penalties either side of half-time and another successful attempt from Flood looked as though it might spark a comeback.

However, James Simpson-Daniel burst clear to set up Akapusi Quera to allow Gloucester to move into a 27-14 lead.

Jimmy Cowan and Rob Cook were both sin-binned in the space of 10 minutes to give Leicester hope and Flood increased the chances of a dramatic fightback by converting a penalty try.

Billy Twelvetrees for Gloucester
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