Match report – Gloucester 5 – 26 Leicester

Gallagher Premiership Results – Friday: Northampton Saints 45-26 Bath; Saturday: Exeter Chiefs 24-5 Newcastle Falcons; Sunday: Gloucester 5-26 Leicester Tigers, London Irish 36-18 Sale Sharks, Bristol Bears 51-26 Harlequins

Last update: 03/12/23 23:02

Leicester Tigers' Matt Scott beats Gloucester Rugby's Lloyd Evans during the Gallagher Premiership match at Kingsholm Stadium

Leicester Tigers’ Matt Scott beats Gloucester Rugby’s Lloyd Evans during the Gallagher Premiership match at Kingsholm Stadium

A recap of Gallagher’s Premiership action from Sunday as Leicester Tigers won at Gloucester and London Irish beat Sale Sharks, while Bristol Bears thrashed Harlequins.

Gloucester 5-26 Leicester Tigers

Leicester won 26–5 at Kingsholm to keep their hopes of a play-off place alive at the end of the season.

After going scoreless at halftime, the Tigers cruised to a second-half bonus points win on tries from Mike Brown, Julian Montoya, Ben Youngs and Jasper Wiese, with Handre Pollard adding three conversions.

Gloucester’s only answer was a try from Jonny May, and this defeat dealt a heavy blow to their play-off hopes.

It was Leicester’s sixth successive win over Gloucester and the 14th in the last 17 matches between the clubs to maintain their recent dominance in the fixture.

London Irish 36-18 Sale Sharks

London Irish gave their playoff aspirations a boost by beating second-ranked Sale 36-18 in a convincing battle at Gtech Community Stadium.

Tries by Hugh O’Sullivan, Agustin Creevy, Lucio Cinti, Tarek Haffar and James Stokes secured the extra points victory.

Scoring from Jean-Luc du Preez and Sam Dugdale kept the game within reach for the Sharks until the closing minutes, before two late tries at home sealed the matter.

George Ford, who is knocking on Steve Borthwick’s door following a spell at his England camp earlier this week, cut Sale’s arrears to just four points with a second-half penalty, but Irish used that as a catalyst to ensure winning.

First, prowler second-row Tom Pearson broke free from a tackle, before Josh Caulfield moved to the outside to allow prop Haffar to show his pace as he crossed to score.

Irish then culminated when Cinti recovered a cross kick which this time passed inside to Stokes, allowing the Exiles faithful to get the party started.

Bristol Bears 51-26 Harlequins

The Bristol Bears continued their climb up the Gallagher Premier League table with an impressive 51-26 win over the Harlequins at Ashton Gate.

The Bears scored seven tries, with Harry Thacker and Charles Piutau both hitting doubles and Gabriel Ibitoye, Semi Radradra and Harry Randall also crossing.

Harlequins wing Jack Kenningham scored a try double from close-range drives, while wingers Josh Bassett and Cadan Murley ensured the visitors returned home with a bonus point.

After four Premiership wins in a row, Bristol are now seven points out of the play-off places with one game less than their rivals. The Harlequins sit eighth, one point and one place behind the Bears.


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