Early attempts by England scrum-half Ben Youngs paved the way for Leicester’s first win of the season, as Gloucester continued an unfortunate run on Welford Road that takes on from its decade long history here.
Never having lost the first three Premiership matches in a row, the first two matchups – at home against Bath and then against Northampton, in the opening fortnight where 38 first half-points were conceded were clear indications of further losses. But they have turned the tide around by clinching this win.
They came into this contest at the penultimate position on the leader board of the Premiership, but Leicester had their opening try within minutes. With Tigers’ fly-half George Ford and Ben Youngs leading the way, the indefatigable form of Ellis Genge and the excellent tackles of Matt Toomua; Ford could successfully convert three times to give his team a much needed break from the setbacks of the two previous matchups. This clearly has installed his team with a renewed sense of purpose.
No amount of trying from the Gloucesters could save the day for them as was seen when even the momentum created by the late conversion by Twelvetrees was too little to make a difference. A series of turnovers and setbacks undermined the host’s ability to change the direction of the momentum the match had gained.
The Leicester head coach was clearly pleased with the performance of his team. Given the last two gaffes, this came as a breath of fresh air. When inquired about it, he had the following to say-
Matt O’Connor, the Leicester head coach, “We left plenty of points out there, but I thought we started the game brilliantly and the intensity and the accuracy in the first 25 minutes was exactly where we wanted to be.