Aviva Premiership: Gloucester battle back to beat Harlequins

Last Updated: 29/03/13 10:31pm

  • Share:
Jonny May: Dives in to score for Gloucester

Jonny May: Dives in to score for Gloucester

Sky Bet

Gloucester boosted their hopes of a play-off berth with a 17-15 victory over Harlequins in a gripping contest at Kingsholm.

Quins led 12-3 at the break but were overhauled thanks to second-half tries from Jonny May and Akapuri Qera.

The champions are in danger of missing out on a home play-off semi-final after slipping to their third straight Aviva Premiership defeat.

A high-tempo contest showcased plenty of attacking flair from both sides, but it was brute strength which earned the visitors an early lead, as Danny Care took a quick tap after the award of a scrum free-kick and Rob Buchanan barged his way through three tackles to the line.

Nick Evans missed the conversion attempt and after a spell of Gloucester pressure, Freddie Burns cut the deficit with a penalty.

But on 23 minutes Quins were over again, this time after Evans spotted a gap behind the defensive line and chipped perfectly over the top for Sam Smith to collect the ball in full stride and race in under the posts. Evans knocked over the conversion.

Rob Cook should have scored in reply but he inexplicably dropped the ball and when Burns missed a kickable penalty on half-time, the writing looked on the wall for Gloucester.

They responded with a rousing second-half display, sparked by May's try at the corner after a pacy break from Charlie Sharples. Burns converted and the gap was just two points.

Evans stretched the lead again and Burns was once more wayward with a penalty, but Gloucester got their reward 10 minutes from time after a ferocious spell of pressure.

Four times Quins infringed in front of their posts and Joe Gray was rightly yellow-carded. Gloucester took a scrum and Qera dived over through a melee of players by the posts.

Burns' conversion put Gloucester ahead for the first time and they held out for the final 10 minutes much to the noisy delight of the Kingsholm crowd.

  • Share:

Related

Aviva Premiership 2012/13 Round 19

Steve Diamond: Delighted with three important points in relegation battle

Diamond thrilled with Sharks

Sale boss Steve Diamond was thrilled after the Sharks secured three crucial points in the 33-33 draw at London Irish.

Richard Hill: Yellow card cost us

Hill bemoans Josh yellow card

Worcester coach Richard Hill says the sin-binning of Josh Matavesi was the turning point in their 24-18 loss to Exeter.

Manu Tuilagi: 'Best display for Leicester'

Cockerill hails magic Manu

Richard Cockerill says he has never seen Manu Tuilagi play better than his performance in the 36-8 rout of Northampton.

Most Popular

Features

Malouda #One2Eleven

Malouda #One2Eleven

Florent Malouda picks his best XI from his time with Guingamp, Lyon, Chelsea and France.

Song's #One2Eleven

Song's #One2Eleven

West Ham's Alex Song picks his best XI from his time at Bastia, Arsenal and Barcelona.

MayPac Countdown

MayPac Countdown

Paulie Malignaggi joins our team for the countdown to Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquaio.