Premiership Rugby have this morning confirmed the order of fixtures for the 2015/16 season, and Gloucester Rugby will start their campaign at Kingston Park, taking on Newcastle Falcons on Friday 16 October, 19:45.
Tries: Joe Mullis, Charlie Norman
Conversions: Lloyd Evans (2)
Penalties : Lloyd Evans
Gloucester knew it was going to be a physical contest, and worked hard to counteract the big Leicester pack as they attempted to grab a foothold on the game.
In the 20th minute the physicality boiled over, and both teams were reduced to 14 men - Gloucester losing open side flanker Joe Mullis to the sin bin.
The pack continued to scrap for every inch of territory, and through Will Safe, Harry Wilson and Rory Bartle, Gloucester were profiting from some dominance at the breakdown. Fly half Lloyd Evans made the most of their efforts, kicking them into good positions and presenting a platform to apply pressure to the visitors.
Defensively, Gloucester kept repelling Leicester's efforts with Will Hayward, Lloyd Evans, Charlie Norman and Ollie Thorley using their kicking and running game to good effect to exit their half.
Joe Mullis returned to the field on 30 minutes, and made an almost immediate impact, scoring the opening try of the match shortly before half time. In blustery conditions, Evans coolly converted to take the Cherry and Whites into a 7-0 lead going into half time.
Gloucester turned around for the second half and had a slight advantage with the wind blowing them in to the bottom corner of the field. The game proceeded to follow a similar pattern with the forwards going toe to toe at every opportunity.
Gloucester fought to resist the Tigers' power in the scrum and driving line out in a bid to prevent them coming back into the game, and their superb defensive effort was also creating scoring opportunities as they turned defence into attack.
It was a brave charge down by Harry Wilson, which set up centre Charlie Norman for the second try of the afternoon, which Evans also converted to take the lead to 14 points.
Tigers came back with determination and were awarded a series of penalties, leading to a second sin binning for Gloucester, and possession close to the line. With 5 minutes left to play, Leicester pulled the game back within reach with a converted try scored from short range.
Evans restarted deep and Tigers were forced to play from their own 22. This presented Lloyd Evans with the opportunity to close the game out, after Jake Allen and Ollie Thorley contested the Tigers breakdown and were awarded a penalty.
The fly half capped off a very mature performance with the boot, keeping his nerve to slot the penalty that confirmed a great win for the home side.