Leicester 19-15 Sale: Tigers end losing run with unconvincing victory over Gallagher Premiership’s bottom club

30 Sep

Leicester piled more misery on the Gallagher Premiership’s bottom side Sale with a narrow 19-15 victory at Welford Road.

The Tigers went into the game having lost their last two league matches but avoided a third when centre Kyle Eastmond went over in the first-half, while George Ford got four penalties and a conversion.

Ford scored 14 of Leicester’s 19 points

Sale took an early lead when wing Marland Yarde rounded off a flowing move, while hooker Rob Webber and substitute Curtis Langdon touched down during the final quarter, but the Sharks are still without a Premiership away win since March and it is 10 years since they triumphed on Leicester soil.

It could, though, have been a different story if scrum-half Will Cliff had not missed all three of his kicks at goal, and a losing bonus point proved scant consolation after they outscored Leicester 3-1 on tries.

The game proved to be a pale shadow of most league games so far this season – high-scoring contests littered with tries – but Leicester will just be relieved to have rediscovered a winning formula.

It was not pretty, and they often had to defend for long periods, yet Leicester jumped above Northampton and Bristol in the table ahead of tackling Saints at Twickenham next Saturday.

Marland Yarde gave the visitors an early lead

Manu Tuilagi missed out for Leicester due to a leg injury, so Eastmond partnered Gareth Owen in midfield, with fit-again Adam Thompstone returning on the wing and England Under-20 international scrum-half Ben White making his first Premiership start.

Webber and lock Andrei Ostrokov returned for Sale, while Sam James replaced AJ MacGinty at fly-half, with James’ brother Luke starting alongside centre colleague Mark Jennings.

And Sale settled quickly, impressively going through attacking phases before Yarde launched a counter-attack and after important contributions by his fellow wing Denny Solomona and full-back Byron McGuigan, the former Harlequins speedster crossed unmarked for a try.

Cliff’s conversion hit the post, but Leicester responded strongly and unlocked Sale’s defence following a smart Owen half-break and clever pass that gave Eastmond his first Tigers try since he joined them from Wasps.

Ford’s conversion edged Leicester ahead, but while there was plenty of attacking intent from both sides, their league positions – both were in the Premiership’s bottom third before kick-off – underpinned two teams striving for confidence.

A Ford penalty nudged Leicester five points clear after 24 minutes, and they looked to have increased their lead when England wing Jonny May sprinted clear from 60 metres, but the final pass to him was rightly ruled forward.

Ford’s second successful penalty opened up an eight-point advantage just before the break, but it was not a half to live long in the memory.

Despite conceding an interval deficit, Sale were far from out of the contest and they went through 17 phases inside Leicester’s 22 at one stage as they strived to reduce their arrears.

It was a tight contest at between two out of form sides

But they were not helped by making numerous mistakes, especially in the lineouts, where misdirected throwing-in twice cost them promising attacking positions.

A forward surge resulted in Webber touching down to keep pressure on Leicester, before Ford completed his penalty hat-trick and then landed a 50-metre kick to seal the points, although Langdon touched down late on to give Sale a point.

Gallagher Premiership: Exeter continue brilliant start, Saracens remain unbeaten, Newcastle claim first win of season

15 Sep

Here is the best of the action from Saturday’s games in the Gallagher Premiership.

Exeter Chiefs 35-18 Sale Sharks

Exeter maintained their exemplary start to their season with a third bonus point victory in succession to remain at the top of the Gallagher Premiership table.

However, their latest success, 35-18, was far from straightforward as Sale battled hard throughout and were unlucky to come away from Sandy Park with nothing.

Santiago Cordero got things up and running for Chiefs

Exeter scored five tries through Santiago Cordero, Jack Maunder, Jonny Hill, Tom Lawday and Alex Cuthbert. Joe Simmonds converted three and Gareth Steenson two.

Marland Yarde and Bryn Evans scored Sale’s tries with Alan MacGinty adding two penalties and a conversion.

Northampton Saints 27-38 Saracens

Saracens overcame a slow start to score five tries and secure a 38-27 victory over Northampton in a thrilling Gallagher Premiership encounter at Franklin’s Gardens.

In a game which swung back and forth, two tries in three minutes from David Strettle late on secured a bonus-point win for Mark McCall’s men.

Strettle’s try helped the champions secure a bonus point win

The visitors claimed the spoils despite seeing Jamie George and Billy Vunipola yellow-carded in either half as Alex Lewington crossed for a brace with Ben Spencer also on the scoreboard.

Northampton’s points came via Piers Francis, Dylan Hartley and Ben Franks, but the boot of Dan Biggar was not enough.

Worcester Warriors 20-23 Newcastle Falcons

The boot of former England fly-half Toby Flood steered Newcastle to a first Gallagher Premiership victory of the season.

Last year’s play-off semi-finalists held on to beat battling Worcester 23-20 at Sixways.

Flood scored 13 of Newcastle’s 23 points

Flood kicked three second-half penalties to add to first-half conversions of tries from scrum-half Sonatane Takulua and wing Sinoti Sinoti.

But the Falcons let Worcester off the hook as Scottish fly-half Duncan Weir scored a try, conversion and penalty, with full-back Chris Pennell landing a long penalty – while the hosts were also awarded a penalty try.

Harlequins 32-37 Bath Rugby

Joe Cokanasiga scored two tries as Bath ran out 37-32 winners during an entertaining Gallagher Premiership match at Harlequins.

Cokanasiga’s two tries helped Bath claim a narrow victory at the Stoop

The wing scored either side of half-time, while number eight Zach Mercer also added two tries as Todd Blackadder’s men claimed their first win of the season.

However, Bath were made to work by the hosts late on as Joe Marler and Charlie Mulchrone scored to give the home fans some hope following earlier scores from Danny Care and Joe Marchant.

Sale Sharks 21-15 Worcester Warriors: Sale hold off late fightback from Worcester to secure Gallagher Premiership win at the AJ Bell Stadium

9 Sep

Sale Sharks held off a valiant Worcester fightback to seal a 21-15 triumph at the AJ Bell Stadium, with England star Denny Solomona among the try scorers.

Steve Diamond’s men controlled the first half and deservedly went into the interval 18-0 in front thanks to Josh Beaumont and Solomona tries.

Josh Beaumont goes over the whitewash for the first try at the AJ Bell Stadium

AJ MacGinty added two three-pointers and a conversion against a Worcester side that struggled throughout the first half, but the visitors improved significantly after the interval.

Bryce Heem’s score reduced the arrears before Duncan Weir’s penalty took them closer to the Sharks, but MacGinty’s fourth successful effort off the tee appeared to ease the tension.

Chris Pennell’s try did set up a tense finale but Sale secured their first Gallagher Premiership win of the season.

Despite his late try, Chris Pennell could not help Worcester mount a serious comeback

Sale dominated possession and, although the Warriors were initially stout in defence, Mark Jennings made an indent in the opposition rearguard and took play up to the 22.

Although that move broke down, the returning centre was threatening again minutes later, but the Sharks failed to get across the whitewash and had to settle for a penalty from their stand-off.

They were not to be denied, however, and an excellent piece of skill from Marland Yarde helped the hosts score their first try of the game.

Diamond’s men once again went through the phases close to the Warriors’ line and, following MacGinty’s flick, the wing controlled it with his foot, picked up and duly off-loaded to Beaumont, who did the rest.

Denny Solomona managed to get in on the action

WillGriff John was then denied a score by the television match official after it was adjudged that the tighthead had knocked on before MacGinty extended the home team’s buffer.

Worcester had barely touched the ball and, when the visitors did, they were profligate.

Solomona had come within inches of intercepting one loose pass and the Midlanders evidently failed to heed the warning as the England wing successfully pounced to scamper 80 metres and go over unopposed.

Solomons needed a response from the Warriors in the second period and the South African immediately received it as Heem barrelled over the line.

All of a sudden, Worcester had the momentum and almost scored again but they were denied by the TMO. Weir did reward their endeavour by kicking a penalty, but MacGinty hit back almost immediately for the Sharks.

Sale were soon on the back foot once again, though, and the visitors displayed outstanding patience to get back into the contest.

For the second time in the match, they went through over 30 phases and eventually crossed the whitewash. Josh Adams created it, taking an excellent outside line, drawing in Yarde and off-loading to Pennell, who finished in the corner.

With the Midlands outfit just six points in arrears, they went in search of the winning try, but the Sale held on for a crucial win.

Chris Ashton’s England comeback hits huge hurdle with seven-week ban for tip-tackle in Sale Sharks friendly

23 Aug

Chris Ashton’s tentative England comeback has already stalled after he was given a seven-week ban for a tip-tackle made during Sale’s pre-season friendly against Castres last Friday.

Ashton was sent off for the incident involving Rory Kockott, who was also shown a red card, and an independent disciplinary hearing held at Twickenham on Thursday afternoon found him guilty despite the charge being contested.

Ashton will miss Sale’s first six games of the league season as well as England’s training camp in September

Speaking at the launch of the new Gallagher Premiership season before the hearing had started, Sale boss Steve Diamond insisted Ashton’s action was fully justified as it was in “self defence” amid suggestions of eye-gouging.

The suspension means the 31-year-old will miss the first six games of Sale’s league season and England’s training camp in Bristol in late September, robbing him of precious opportunity to impress Eddie Jones.

It is a significant setback that comes in the wake of leaving Toulon for Manchester in order to add to his 39 caps, the last of which was won in 2014, and amid early success in his quest by being picked in Jones’ pre-season training squad.

“It is an important principle of rugby regulation to prevent injury to others,” the hearing’s chairman Richard Whittam said.

“Provocation is not a defence to foul play and lifting a player and dropping that player such that his head makes contact with the ground has the potential to cause serious injury.”

Counting against Ashton at the hearing was the total of 23 weeks he missed in 2016 after being found guilty of biting and making contact with the eye area of an opponent, resulting in an extra week being added to the entry points sanction for the offence of six weeks.

Diamond, however, refused to condemn his marquee signing who must wait until the Challenge Cup clash with Perpignan on October 12 to make his debut.

“I’m p****d off that he got sent off, but it was in extreme circumstances where he defended himself,” Diamond said.

“I’d take a red card for any other Sale player if they defended themselves the way Chris Ashton did.

“If you’re defending yourself on a rugby pitch when things go on and are over and above what we expect then red mist doesn’t come into it.

“It was self-defence I would say. Chris Ashton defended himself as any of you lot would defend yourself.”

Sale claim they were the victims of repeated illegal play by Castres in a 20-17 win in Saint Affrique and while Diamond has been left to deal with the fallout, his only response will be to “not go again”.

“I’ve got seven people unfit to train this week because of it. Brutal. Violence against Sale from Castres,” Diamond said.

“Three red cards, three yellow cards and things that went missing that would be red cards if they were seen by Premiership disciplinarians. Concussion, broken ribs – you name it.

“They didn’t like getting beaten but we took some serious injuries. You’ve got to take the rough with the smooth but I think the officials during the game and afterwards haven’t looked at it with scrutiny it deserved.”

Kockott was also sent off and has been given a ban of only week by the French judiciary, who found him culpable of ‘edginess’.

Sale Sharks star Chris Ashton could face Premiership ban after being sent off in pre-season friendly

21 Aug

Chris Ashton has been cited by the RFU after being sent off in a pre-season game for Sale Sharks for a tip tackle.

As seen in the footage below, the England winger dumped Castres scrum-half Rory Kockott in an off-the-ball incident, although it was originally thought he had been sent off for punching an opponent.

The Rugby Football Union announced that Ashton will face a three-member panel chaired by Richard Whittam QC on Thursday afternoon in London.

Ashton’s Sale team-mate Alexandru Tarus was also sent off in the game – for dangerous play at a ruck – and he also faces a disciplinary hearing on Thursday.

It had been originally thought that Ashton was red-carded by French referee Romain Poite for punching Kockott during what was a feisty encounter.

But the offence has now been confirmed as a tip tackle, leaving Ashton facing a potential minimum ban of six weeks if found guilty.

Ashton scores for the Barbarians against England back in May

Any period of suspension could rise given how the panel view its level of seriousness, while the player also has previous convictions.

In a statement, the RFU said: “Ashton was shown a red card by referee Roman Poite in the 46th minute of the pre-season fixture between Castres Olympique and Sale Sharks on Friday 17 August 2018.

“This was for a tip tackle on Rory Kockott contrary to law 9.18 (a player must not lift an opponent off the ground and drop or drive that player so that their head and/or upper body make contact with the ground).”

Although the game was staged in France, normal RFU disciplinary procedures apply.

Any tip tackle was not immediately apparent, but video footage provided by the RFU on Tuesday shows Ashton hurling a Castres player to the ground.

Likely to be counting against Ashton at the hearing will be a total of 23 weeks he missed in 2016 after being found guilty of biting and making contact with the eye area of an opponent.

Those suspensions influenced his decision to join French club Toulon for the 2017-18 season and contributed to him failing to win a cap under current England head coach Eddie Jones.

Aviva Premiership: Sale Sharks 13-35 Leicester Tigers

5 May
Aviva Premiership: Sale Sharks 13-35 Leicester Tigers
George Ford breaks through to score

Sale missed out on a European Champions Cup spot after ending their Aviva Premiership campaign with a 35-13 home defeat by Leicester.

England fly-half George Ford scored 20 points with a try, three conversions, two penalties and a drop-goal. Jonah Holmes went over for two tries and Mike Williams also crossed as the Tigers avoided a third successive defeat to end a comparatively disappointing season in fifth place.

Gloucester’s defeat at Saracens meant that Leicester were assured of a top-six finish and with it a Champions Cup place but this was an opportunity missed for the seventh-placed Sharks, who came up short despite a valiant effort in front of a 10,015 crowd at a sun-kissed AJ Bell Stadium.

Already recoiling from their absence from the play-offs for the first time since 2004, Leicester at least had the consolation of finishing on a high and, of course, the 10-time English champions will have another European campaign to look forward to in 2019.

Centre Will Addison and full-back Mike Haley were given the honour of leading Sale out on their final appearances for the club as they head for the Irish provinces.

But Addison’s farewell lasted only eight minutes as he went off with a hamstring injury and had barely reached the tunnel when the Tigers opened the scoring.

The visitors attacked down the left and England winger Jonny May came up with a neat offload for Holmes, who had tracked across from the right wing, to force his way to the line for the first of his two tries.

Skipper Ford added the conversion to make it 7-0 but Sale came back strongly and AJ MacGinty cut the deficit to a single point with two penalties.

The Sharks might have been in front after producing clean breaks through centre Sam James and lively scrum-half Faf De Klerk while Holmes came to Leicester’s rescue with a timely interception after the latter looked set to score from MacGinty’s pass.

The Tigers had a clear edge in the scrum and Ford had two chances to reward his forwards for their industry but was unfortunate to hit the uprights with both penalty attempts to leave the score well-balanced at 7-6 at the break.

The Tigers dominated the early stages of the second half to open up a 20-6 lead, courtesy of two penalties and a try from Ford, who finished off a break by his half-back partner Ben Youngs.

But Sale got back into it thanks to a breakaway try from winger Marland Yarde after flanker Sam Curry had pounced on a loose ball following a lively break by Leicester full-back Telusa Veainu.

MacGinty’s conversion cut the visitors’ lead to seven points but flanker Williams made sure of Leicester’s victory when he got on the end of a midfield break by May for a try converted by Ford, who also added a drop goal.

Holmes then wrapped up the scoring with his second try in the last minute to give the visitors a flattering margin of victory.

Aviva Premiership round-up: Worcester heroics relegate London Irish, Exeter finish top of regular season

28 Apr
Aviva Premier ship round-up: Worcester heroics relegates London Irish, Exeter finish top of regular season
Ben Te'o got the try which secured Worcester's safety

Worcester v Harlequins

Centre Ben Te’o grabbed the try which keeps Worcester in the Premiership for another season.

The Warriors needed just one point to condemn London Irish to relegation and they scored four first-half tries against a sorry Harlequins side which confirmed safety for them.

Indeed, Worcester looked more like play-off contenders than strugglers as wing Bryce Heem, centre Jackson Willison, lock Darren Barry and Te’o raced over the Quins line during the opening period of the 44-13 success.

Scrum-half Francois Hougaard, replacement Jamie Shillcock and Willison again took the try count to seven in the second half.

Quins grabbed a try from wing Charlie Walker, with fly-half Marcus Smith kicking two penalties and a conversion – but they were well beaten.

Exeter v Sale

Exeter ensured they would finish top of the Aviva Premiership at the end of the regular season with a hard-fought 34-19 win over Sale before a sell-out crowd at Sandy Park.

Their tries came from Nic White, Jack Yeandle, Greg Holmes and Lachie Turner, with Joe Simmonds converting all three and kicking a penalty. Gareth Steenson also added a penalty and a conversion.

Despite the defeat, Sale remain in contention for a valuable European Champions Cup place for next season – but they will need to beat Leicester at home in their final fixture to have any chance of securing it.

Gloucester v Bath 

Bath kept alive their hopes of European Champions Cup qualification by sweeping aside west country rivals Gloucester 43-20 at Kingsholm.

A bonus point victory kept Bath on course for the top six – they host relegated London Irish next weekend – after first-half tries from hooker Tom Dunn, fly-half Rhys Priestland, wing Aled Brew and full-back Tom Homer’s spectacular solo effort left Gloucester reeling.

Priestland kicked four conversions and a penalty for a 16-point haul, while substitute wing Cooper Vuna claimed a fifth Bath try after Gloucester briefly threatened a fightback, then centre James Wilson’s score, converted by Freddie Burns, confirmed an emphatic success.

Gloucester, European Challenge Cup finalists next month, saw their lingering play-off hopes disappear as a result after lock Ed Slater and full-back Jason Woodward claimed touchdowns and 10 points from Billy Twelvetrees’ boot left them well short.

Bath still need other results to work in their favour, but they have at least given themselves a fighting chance to salvage something from an erratic campaign.

Newcastle 35-30 Sale: Late Vickers try sees Falcons keep alive Aviva Premiership play-off hopes

13 Apr
Newcastle 35-30 Sale: Late Vickers try sees Falcons keep alive Aviva Premiership play-off hopes
Newcastle are up to third in the Aviva Premiership ahead of this weekend's fixtures

Newcastle kept their Aviva Premiership play-off dreams alive with a dramatic 35-30 victory over Sale, whose own hopes of a top-four finish took a hit.

The Falcons had looked to be cruising to victory after building a 25-0 lead and securing a try bonus point inside the first half hour.

But Sale roared back in style with 27 unanswered points and it needed a Rob Vickers try in the dying minutes to earn Newcastle victory at Kingston Park.

The win moves the Falcons up to third ahead of the weekend’s fixtures, with Sale remaining sixth.

Newcastle were 8-0 up inside eight minutes with Joel Hodgson’s early penalty putting them ahead before Sinoti Sinoti’s offload saw Calum Green finish in the corner.

Gary Graham’s pick up and drive over and Hodgson’s conversion made it 15-0 and more lethal Falcons’ finishing saw Chris Harris send Simon Hammersley in for a 20-0 lead.

Newcastle flanker Will Welch was shown a yellow card for a deliberate knock on in the 23rd minute as Sale pressed , but the Falcons still managed to increase their lead.

Faf de Klerk’s ill-judged grubber kick was snapped up and Michael Young and Niki Goneva launched a counter-attack which saw Hammersley brought down and the Falcons pack piled in to drive Scott Lawson over for the bonus-point try.

Sale knew they had to hit back quickly, and they did so with two tries in the 10 minutes before half-time.

Ben Curry got them on the scoreboard with a fortunate score, the forward having the simplest of tasks as the ball bounced kindly toward the Newcastle line after Hodgson’s attempt to stop the attack proved in vain.

AJ MacGinty added the extras and, with their tails up, Sale made further inroads as Marland Yarde crossed following a rolling series of attacks.

MacGinty’s conversion and two further penalties by the fly-half at the start of the second half saw the gap further reduced, to 25-20, and the comeback was complete in the 58th minute with Luke James setting up Yarde for his second try.

MacGinty’s boot saw Sale take the lead for the first time at 27-25, but Newcastle ended the Sharks’ scoring streak with a 68th-minute Hodgson penalty after De Klerk stepped offside, putting the Falcons back in front.

Sale came again and another MacGinty penalty saw them leading by two points heading into the final seven minutes.

But then the Falcons found their form, and they moved the ball up to the Sale line where Vickers was driven over for the match-winning score, which was converted by Hodgson.

Sale Sharks 28-27 Wasps: Sharks earn last-gasp Premiership win over Wasps

6 Apr
Sale Sharks 28-27 Wasps: Sharks earn last-gasp Premiership win over Wasps
Marland Yarde scored the decisive try

Marland Yarde touched down with the clock in the red as Sale Sharks defeated Wasps 28-27 in a remarkable game at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Dai Young’s Wasps side began the match superbly and deservedly went 17-0 ahead via a Josh Bassett brace and Elliot Daly’s three-pointer, but they were unable to hold that buffer.

Sale hit back with 23 unanswered points through Rob Webber, Byron McGuigan and Bryn Evans touchdowns, while AJ MacGinty added a conversion and two penalties.

Unperturbed, Wasps responded through Daly and then moved four points clear via the boot of Jimmy Gopperth. They would hold that lead until the last play of the game when Yarde crossed the whitewash to move the Sharks closer to the top four of the Aviva Premiership.

Despite what turned out to be a thrilling contest, the opening 10 minutes were anything but, perpetuated by kicking and turnovers.

Jack Willis was particularly enjoying the breakdown battle and one such steal at the contact area allowed Daly to take the visitors in front from long range.

Young’s men were duly into their stride and, after a penalty had taken them to within five metres of the opposition line, they shifted the ball wide and Bassett had enough space to touch down.

The midlanders were dominating proceedings while the Sharks were lacklustre and the visitors soon had their second try as the left wing was once again on the end of a well-worked move.

Danny Cipriani was pulling the strings from fly-half and his decision-making in the pivot position gave Willie le Roux an opportunity to run at the hosts’ fringe defence. The full-back then drew Mike Haley and Bassett crossed the whitewash for a 17-0 advantage.

Having been outplayed in the first quarter, Sale did finally increase the intensity and were rewarded by MacGinty’s three-pointer.

That provided the catalyst the hosts needed to stage an excellent comeback. The Greater Manchester outfit began to put the away team under duress and Webber burrowed over to give them hope.

MacGinty added the extras and then produced a neat cross-field kick for McGuigan to score and reduce the arrears at the interval.

Buoyed by that end to the half, the Sharks maintained their form at the start of the second period and Evans charged down Dan Robson’s attempted clearance. Under pressure, the lock did well to pick up and touch down, giving the hosts the lead for the first time in the encounter.

MacGinty extended that buffer to six points from the tee before Wasps responded in style. This time Christian Wade was the instigator, breaking through the middle and off-loading for Daly to cross the whitewash.

In a see-saw game, the match took another twist when former Sale man Cipriani was yellow carded for a cynical infringement, but the visitors handled the setback impressively.

They controlled possession well and earned a penalty, which Gopperth converted, as the visitors went into the final 10 minutes in the ascendency.

However, the Sharks looked for the winner and were boosted by James Haskell’s sin-binning. Cipriani was then worryingly taken off on a stretcher after a clash of heads with Faf de Klerk before Yarde’s winning score completed a dramatic finale.

Aviva Premiership round-up: Sale end losing streak, Gloucester beaten at home by Newcastle

3 Mar

Aviva Premiership round-up: Sale end losing streak, Gloucester beaten at home by Newcastle

The rugby union schedule was not immune to ‘The Beast from the East’, with Exeter v Saracens called off due to this week’s snow, but fans braved the cold as Saturday’s other two fixtures went ahead as normal.

Northampton 25-34 Sale:

Denny Solomona scored a first-half hat-trick as Sale claimed victory at Northampton for the first time in 12 years with a 34-25 win.

Saints staff and supporters had worked together to clear snow from the ground to get the game on and when it did kick-off Sale started strongly.

The Sharks had lost on their past nine visits to Franklin’s Gardens, with their losing streak stretching back to May 2006.

But a superb first-half showing that saw Solomona run riot and Marland Yarde also register a try left the Saints shell-shocked and trailing 31-6 at the interval.

Northampton did eventually respond after the break with Michael Paterson, Rob Horne and Heinrich Brussow scoring, but it was too little, too late, despite two Sale sin-bins.

Gloucester 20-21 Newcastle:

Newcastle took a huge step towards securing an Aviva Premiership play-off place as Gloucester lost for the first time at home in the league this season.

At the hosts will be kicking themselves after their wastefulness from the tee cost them victory.

Falcons’ 21-20 win saw them move up to third in the table and extend their advantage over fifth-placed Gloucester from two to four points with five league games remaining.

Ally Hogg and Micky Young scored tries for Newcastle, with Joel Hodgson kicking three penalties and a conversion.

Jason Woodward, David Halaifonua, Mark Atkinson and Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester’s tries but crucially all were unconverted.