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Gloucester 20-38 Leicester: One other defeat for the hosts provides to the worrying occasions for the second-last Cherry and Whites, with head coach George Skivington in hassle


  • Second from backside Gloucester suffered one other defeat to Leicester Tigers
  • George Skivington, the pinnacle coach of the Cherry and Whites, is in hassle
  • Handre Polland’s kicking has aided South Africa, and now Dan McKellar’s Tigers

The sight of Ed Slater, who continues to heroically battle motor neurone illness, on the full-time whistle right here put one other Gloucester defeat and their ongoing struggles into perspective. 

However the reality is these are worrying occasions for the Cherry and Whites. Their head coach George Skivington is in hassle together with his workforce solely above lowly Newcastle. Gloucester completed second backside final season too and have simply two league wins this season. They’ve gained solely six of their final 22 Premiership matches. 

Kingsholm is normally a fortress full of fanatical dwelling followers. 

However the pre-match environment earlier than this must-win recreation with Leicester – not going nice weapons themselves – was flat. It was reflective of the followers’ views of Gloucester’s latest kind.

‘That is 5 in a row now,’ Skivington stated of his workforce’s winless streak. 

Gloucester's head coach George Skivington is in trouble as his team sit second from bottom

Gloucester’s head coach George Skivington is in hassle as his workforce sit second from backside

The appearance of MND fighter Ed Slater (middle) put Gloucester's struggles into perspective

The looks of MND fighter Ed Slater (center) put Gloucester’s struggles into perspective

‘We have to get ourselves out of it shortly. Leicester’s kicking recreation is the most effective within the league. Their large gamers delivered. 

MATCH STATS 

Scorers

Gloucester

Tries: McGuigan, Ford-Robinson

Cons: Barton (2)

Pens: Barton (2)

 

Leicester Tigers

Tries: Hassell-Collins (2), Montoya, Kata

Cons: Pollard (3)

Pens: Pollard (4)

 

Referee: Tom Foley (RFU)

Attendance: 12,813

Star man: Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)

‘What they did was fairly easy however efficient. 

‘We’re all feeling sorry for ourselves however Ed remains to be there smiling and it places issues into perspective. 

‘We’re gutted about rugby however Ed standing there on the finish provides us all one thing to consider.’ 

Former lock Slater, who performed for each these groups earlier than his merciless analysis compelled him into retirement, offered the cup named in his honour to Leicester. 

Dan McKellar’s Tigers deserved to win they usually had been gifted a four-try bonus level on the finish when rookie Gloucester No 10 George Barton tried to chip clear on his personal line. 

It did not work and Solomone Kata pounced to place the icing on the cake of Leicester’s afternoon. 

‘The final fortnight has been pleasing. We’re beginning to see progress and growth within the areas we’ve got labored on,’ stated Leicester head coach McKellar. 

Louis Rees-Zammit was watched by his new influencer girlfriend Saffron Barker however, very like his team-mates, the Gloucester and Wales wing had a quiet afternoon. 

Rees-Zammit is out of contract on the finish of the season and French golf equipment Montpellier, Bordeaux and Toulon are all circling. Gloucester’s poor kind will hardly encourage him to remain. 

It’s understood many at Kingsholm are already resigned to their star wing leaving. 

The primary half was terrible. Barton missed three kicks at aim within the opening 40 which ended with Leicester 14-6 to the nice. Barton was additionally caught in possession, permitting his reverse quantity Handre Pollard besides a penalty earlier than Ollie Hassell-Collins scored within the nook. 

Gloucester gave themselves hope when the sport resumed when George McGuigan rumbled over. Barton this time nailed the touchline conversion. 

Leicester and England lock Ollie Chessum was yellow carded for having his arms within the face of Gloucester lock Freddie Clarke on the maul and was yellow carded. 

However then Barton collided excessive with Pollard and evened up the numbers with a visit to the sin bin. Pollard appeared to take advantage of the collision however his kicking from the tee – which gained South Africa a second straight World Cup – is solely good.

Dan McKellar’s Leicester Tigers deserved to win, and were gifted a bonus point at the end

Dan McKellar’s Leicester Tigers deserved to win, and had been gifted a bonus level on the finish

Handre Pollard's brilliant kicking from the tee helped South Africa, and now Leicester Tigers

Handre Pollard’s good kicking from the tee helped South Africa, and now Leicester Tigers

‘He’s in a uncommon patch of kind off the tee. South Africa benefited from that and we’re beginning to do the identical,’ McKellar stated of Pollard.

‘His composure and skill to execute underneath stress is why he’s world class.’ 

Julian Montoya scored Leicester’s second after which Jack Clement’s yellow noticed Gloucester go right down to 13. Rees-Zammit’s frustration was summed up when he kicked out on the total. 

Hassell-Collins made it a brace and though Jamal Ford-Robinson responded, the boot of Pollard and Kata’s late gift-wrapped effort noticed the Tigers take dwelling 5 factors. 

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