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Tigers put five past Gloucester

04th March 2012 14:46

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SKY_MOBILE 140641434 Ben Youngs Leicester

Try-scorer: Ben Youngs

Leicester moved third in the Aviva Premiership after claiming a bonus-point 36-3 victory over Gloucester.

First-half tries from Logovi'i Mulipola and Steve Mafi laid the platform the Tigers needed to cruise to the maximum five points on home soil.

Both sides headed into this match in good form. The Tigers were fresh from a convincing win over Newcastle, while Gloucester were on a high following a fantastic victory against Harlequins.

Gloucester got their only points of the game in the first minute, when Freddie Burns booted them in front with a penalty. But he missed the opportunity to double the visitors' advantage moments later when he sent his second penalty attempt wide.

The Tigers struck back in fine style, and by the time half-time arrived they were comfortably in front. They took the lead in the 12th minute when Mulipola crashed over following quick thinking at the tap restart by Thomas Waldrom. Toby Flood added the conversion.

The advantage was stretched ten minutes later when Steve Mafi barged his way over after snapping up the line-out ball and, though Flood missed the conversion, a penalty goal minutes later and a converted try from Ben Youngs on the stroke of half-time put real daylight between the two sides.

Gloucester were faced with a mountain to climb, but they couldn't find the tries they needed to claw their way back into the game.

The only further points in the second half were scored the impressive Tigers. Matt Smith rampaged through the mud and on to Billy Twelvetrees' grubber on the hour to increase the hosts' lead, before Alesana Tuilagi rounded things off for the hosts with their fifth try.

The scorers:

For Leicester:
Tries: Mulipola, Mafi, Youngs, Smith, Tuilagi
Con: Flood 4
Pen: Flood

For Gloucester:
Pen: Burns

Leicester: 15 Geordan Murphy (capt), 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Steve Mafi, 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 George Skivington, 3 Logovi'i Mulipola, 2 George Chuter, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins, 17 Boris Stankovich, 18 Julian White, 19 Ben Pienaar, 20 Craig Newby, 21 James Grindal, 22 George Ford, 23 Scott Hamilton.

Gloucester: 15 Jonny May, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Mike Tindall (capt), 12 Tim Molenaar, 11 Tom Voyce, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Dave Lewis, 8 Brett Deacon, 7 Matt Cox, 6 Tom Savage, 5 Alex Brown, 4 Will James, 3 Rupert Harden, 2 Darren Dawidiuk, 1 Nick Wood.
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 Shaun Knight, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Akapusi Qera, 21 Nick Runciman, 22 Ryan Mills, 23 Ollie Phillips.

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
Assistant referees: Ashley Rowden, Nigel Carrick

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