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Aviva Premiership: Gloucester 22-21 Leeds

Gloucester (19) 22
Tries: Narraway, Dickinson, Fuimaono-Sapolu Cons: Robinson 2 Pens: Robinson
Leeds (11) 21
Tries: Lewis-Pratt, Burrell Cons: Lewis-Pratt Pens: Lewis-Pratt 3


Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu
Fuimaono-Sapolu's try gave Gloucester a healthy lead at the interval

A penalty by Nicky Robinson two minutes from time snatched victory for Gloucester after Leeds had looked like claiming a shock win at Kingsholm.

Gloucester raced to a healthy lead with tries from Luke Narraway, Alasdair Dickinson and Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu.

Christian Lewis-Pratt went over for Leeds before the interval to add to his two penalties.

Another penalty and a converted Luther Burrell try put Leeds in front before Robinson's late strike.

Gloucester had come out looking determined to put their opening-day defeat at Exeter behind them.

Coach Bryan Redpath had made five changes and was rewarded with an early try from number eight Narraway after a strong run by winger Lesley Vainikolo.

Scotland prop Dickinson added to the visitors' misery with a dash from the 22 which left attempted tacklers trailing in his wake.

But despite Gloucester dominating up front, Leeds rallied and Lewis-Pratt added to his two penalty kicks by crashing over from five metres.

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On the stroke of half-time, Gloucester centre Fuimaono-Sapolu went over for a third Gloucester try to make the score 19-11.

But any hopes the Cherry and Whites had of cruising to victory in the second half were dashed as they repeatedly spurned chances to increase their advantage.

Lewis-Pratt cut the lead with a penalty and then struck a post with another. Centre Burrell was the first to react to the ricochet, collecting the ball and thundering over.

The ensuing conversion put Leeds ahead for the first time with 13 minutes remaining.

But as they tried to run down the clock, the visitors were penalised for an offence in the ruck. Robinson duly stepped up to give Gloucester victory by a single point.


Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:
"The manner in how we won was disappointing. After the first 40 minutes there were too many handling errors again. It's a team game and there are too many individuals at the moment.

"I'm chuffed that we got a win but our ball retention, patience and game management is very poor.

"Mike Tindall [captain] has come into the changing rooms and said what he needed to say which was important from my point of view, because when we stick to basics we create problems."

Leeds head coach Neil Back told BBC Radio Leeds:
"The players were unhappy with their first-half performance. I think they showed a lot of character with a spirited second-half performance.

"They played much better rugby, they were more comfortable with the ball in hand and they were much more physical, and that is what you need to be in the Premiership.

"And on the back of that we put ourselves in a position to win this game ... we were two or three minutes away from doing that."


Gloucester: Sharples; Simpson-Daniel, Tindall (capt), Fuimaono-Sapolu, Vainikolo; Robinson, Lawson; Dickinson, Lawson, Capdevielle, Attwood, Brown, Deacon, Hazell, Narraway.

Replacements: Azam for S. Lawson (44), Wood for Dickinson (52), Harden for Capdevielle (52), Lewis for R. Lawson (58), Taylor for Sharples (63), Buxton for Deacon (66).

Not Used: James, Molenaar.

Leeds: Stephenson; Blackett, Burrell, Barrow, Tadulala; Lewis-Pratt, Mathie; MacDonald, Titterrell, Swainston, Denton, Wentzel (capt), Tooal, Fourie, Browne.

Replacements: Hardy for MacDonald (18), Oakley for Browne (47), Alonso for Swainston (58).

Not Used: Thompson, Myall, Fa'afili, Tincknell, Fury.

Att: 9,994

Ref: David Rose (RFU).



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Guscott's predictions
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