Gloucester Rugby were pipped 20-14 by Leicester Tigers at Kingsholm in Round 13 of the Gallagher Premiership.
Gloucester Rugby were first to get over the try line thanks to a score from Santiago Carreras. The Cherry and Whites were playing with the penalty advantage and Willi Heinz went to the blindside, passing the ball to George Barton who executed a perfect pass to put the Argentine international in space to go over the line.
Barton showed composure to slot the conversion in the blowing wind, but Leicester got back in the game and were next to get on the scoreboard.
Tom Youngs and Dan Kelly both scored for Tigers with Zack Henry slotting a conversion and a penalty giving them the 15-7 lead at the break.
In the second half Gloucester Rugby came out firing and got on the scoreboard through Ed Slater who ran a carving line to slice through the defence and go over to score. Barton’s conversion was good making it the full seven-point score for the Cherry and Whites.
However, Leicester Tigers extended their lead through a further score from Harry Wells. The conversion was wide meaning that the score remained 20-14 to Leicester.
At the death, Gloucester Rugby looked like they could get back into the game but the Tigers were awarded a late penalty at the scrum and opted to kick the ball end therefore ending the game and with it any chances of the Cherry and Whites stealing the result.
Key moment – Ed Slater's try
It was the perfect start to the second half. Gloucester Rugby came out of the changing rooms with real intent and got over the try line within minutes. The attack was rumbling forward with serious momentum and Ed Slater ran the perfect line to go over almost untouched.
Gloucester Rugby are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Harlequins for Round 14 of the Gallagher Premiership.