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21st October 2011 22:03

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Manu Tuilagi  Leicester Tigers v Gloucester  LV Cup

Hard man to stop: Manu Tuilagi

Harlequins won on the road to Sale while Leicester were too strong for Gloucester in Round Two of the LV=Cup on Friday.

Harlequins wing Seb Stegmann scored a hat-trick as Sale slipped to their second successive defeat in the LV= Cup.

Meanwhile, Dan Cole and Manu Tuilagi marked their return to club duty with tries as Leicester thrashed defending champions Gloucester.

Results:
Leicester Tigers 40-14 Gloucester
Sale Sharks 25-37 Harlequins


Leicester Tigers 40-14 Gloucester
At Welford Road, Leicester

After three consecutive defeats, Leicester won their first game at Welford Road this season.

Tigers welcomed back a host of international stars and their quality shone through in a one-sided contest.

England duo Dan Cole and Manu Tuilagi marked their return to club duty with tries while Toby Flood bagged 18 points.

Gloucester prop Dan Murphy scored the first try of the night but four penalties from Flood and tries from Cole and Tuilagi gave the hosts a healthy lead at half-time.

Home hooker Tom Youngs crashed over soon after the restart to end any doubt over the result. Lesley Vainikolo replied for the Cherry and Whites, but Leicester had the final say through Horacio Agualla three minutes from time.

Leicester Tigers: 15 Geordan Murphy (c), 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Manusamoa Tuilagi, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Sam Harrison, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 George Skivington, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 George Chuter, 17 Jonny Harris, 18 Ryan Bower, 19 Louis Deacon, 20 Ben Woods, 21 James Grindal, 22 Scott Hamilton, 23 George Ford.

Gloucester: 15 Olly Morgan, 14 James Simpson-Daniel, 13 Henry Trinder, 12 Lesley Vainikolo, 11 Tom Voyce, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Rory Lawson, 8 Luke Narraway (c), 7 Akapusi Qera, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Will James, 3 Rupert Harden, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Dan Murphy.
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Nick Wood, 18 Shaun Knight, 19 Tom Savage, 20 Peter Buxton, 21 Dave Lewis, 22 Tim Taylor, 23 Jonny May


Sale Sharks 25-37 Harlequins
At Edgeley Park

It was supposed to a be veteran Sharks flyer Mark Cueto's night as he made his first appearance of the season for Sale after returning from World Cup duty but visiting wing Seb Stegmann stole the show with a hat-trick.

Tries from 22-year-old Stegmann and full-back Tom Williams gave Quins' a 14-0 lead but Sale replied with tries via Will Addison and Alasdair Dickinson to lead 15-14 at the break.

Four minutes after the restart Stegmann plunged over in the right corner for his second try and Rory Clegg applied his third conversion.

Sale fly-half Nick MacLeod then responded with his second penalty before he found Cueto in the 56th minute and his neat pass sent Johnny Leota clear to score with MacLeod's extras putting Sale 25-24 ahead.

But Clegg booted a penalty from halfway to edge Quins 27-25 in front. Clegg then added another penalty before Stegmann burst clear down the right flank for his hat-trick try.

Sale: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Will Addison, 13 Johnny Leota, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Will Cliff, 8 Mark Easter, 7 David Seymour, 6 Richie Vernon, 5 James Gaskell, 4 Tom Holmes, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.
Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Aston Croall, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Wame Lewaravu, 21 Dwayne Peel, 22 Jordan Davies, 23 Tom Brady

Harlequins: 15 Tom Williams, 14 Seb Stegmann, 13 Ben Urdapilleta, 12 Tom Casson, 11 Ross Chisholm, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Richard Bolt, 8 Joe Trayfoot, 7 Will Skinner (c) 6 Maurie Fa'asavalu, 5 Charlie Matthews, 4 Sam Twomey, 3 James Johnston, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Tomas Vallejos, 20 Luke Wallace, 21 Ollie Lindsay Hague, 22 Matt Hopper, 23 Sam Smith.

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