Tigers roar to avoid an unwanted record
Matt O’Connor praised Leicester’s “phenomenal” first-half intensity after they recorded a first Premiership win of the season.
The Tigers had never lost their opening three games of a Premiership campaign. But England scrumhalf Ben Youngs’ early try double and a Nick Malouf touchdown left Gloucester reeling at Welford Road, while George Ford kicked nine points. The west-country club rallied after half-time as prop Josh Hohneck powered over for a try that ex-Tigers centre Billy Twelvetrees converted, and he also kicked a penalty, yet Leicester were good value for the 24-10 triumph.
“It’s probably relief,” Tigers head coach O’Connor said, after a victory that followed defeats against Bath and Northampton. “We knew we had to be really good. The reality is you can’t lose at home. You can lose one of your first three if there are two away games, but if you lose two home games early on you make it really hard on yourself.
“We came out of the blocks, were very accurate, and our intensity in that first 25 minutes was phenomenal.”
After leading 21-0 early in the second quarter, Leicester’s failure to collect a bonus point will frustrate them.
Gloucester, though, once again delivered a curate’s egg performance, with their opening-night victory over champions Exeter being followed by losses to Harlequins and Tigers. “The tries we conceded were very soft. There was nothing special that Leicester did. It was just missed tackles or a simple pass,” said new Gloucester coach Johan Ackermann.
Sneak attack: Ben Youngs scores.