Gloucester comeback stuns Fiji

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 07:54
Large billytwelvetreesgloucester

English Premiership club Gloucester came from 18-0 down after 33 minutes to beat Fiji 31-29 at Kingsholm Stadium on Tuesday.

English Premiership club Gloucester came from 18-0 down after 33 minutes to beat Fiji 31-29 at Kingsholm Stadium on Tuesday.

Fiji stole a breathtaking first half of running rugby by both sides, but Gloucester kept it tight in the second, earned two penalty tries and didn't grab the lead until 11 minutes to go. Even then, Fiji had chances to win the thriller, but Gloucester hung on.

Fiji, 54-12 losers to England on Saturday, rebounded in style. Tries to hooker Tuapati Talemaitoga and wing Timoci Matanavou helped build an 18-0 lead.

Unable to stay with Fiji in the open, Gloucester changed tactics and were buoyed by a late first-half try to flank Matt Cox that left the home side only eight points behind at the break.

Fiji scored first after the interval, Jonetani Ralulu's crosskick setting up a try for wing Watisoni Votu, but Gloucester hammered Fiji up front and drew yellow cards to Fiji replacement prop Penijamni Makutu, then No.8 Nemani Naqusa. Both ended up watching their team concede penalty tries. Gloucester trailed 26-24 with 16 minutes to go.

Ralulu's fourth penalty made it 29-24, but Gloucester kicked for the corner, drove the line-out and Koree Britton dived over to level. Dan Robson's conversion gave them the lead. Fiji squandered their last chances, a long-range penalty and a five-meter attacking scrum.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:
Tries: Cox, Penalty try 2, Britton
Cons: Robson 4
Pen: Robson

For Fiji:
Tries: Talemaitoga, Matanavou, Vatu
Con: Ralulu
Pens: Ralulu 4

Yellow cards: Makutu, Nagusa

Gloucester: 15 Martyn Thomas, 14 Steph Reynolds, 13 Drew Locke, 12 Tim Molenaar, 11 Ian Clark, 10 Dan Robson, 9 Dave Lewis, 8 Peter Buxton (captain) 7 Matt Cox, 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Harry Casson, 4 Will Graulich, 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Koree Britton, 1 Yann Thomas.
Replacements: 16 Tommaso d'Apice, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 Tom Heard, 19 Ed King, 20 Ben Sparks, 21 Bred Field, 22 George Boulton.

Fiji: 15 Metuisila Talebula, 14 Timoci Matanavou, 13 Samu Wara, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Watisoni Votu, 10 Jonetani Ralulu, 9 Kelemedi Bola, 8 Nemani Naqusa. 7 Malakai Volau, 6 Jovili Domolailai, 5 Sekonaia Kalou, 4 Apisolame Ratuniyarama, 3 Manasa Saulo, 2 Tuapati Talemaitoga, 1 Setefano Samoca
Replacements: 16 Seremaia Naureure, 17 Deacon Manu, 18 Ratu Penijamni Makutu, 19 Api Naikatini, 20 Iliesa Ratuva, 21 Nikola Matawalu, 22 Ravai Fatiaki, 23 Aisea Natoga.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 10 December 2016
Ulster v Clermont Auvergne 13h00 Kingspan Stadium
Munster v Leicester Tigers 15h15 Thomond Park
Racing Metro v Glasgow Warriors 16h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Saracens v Sale Sharks 17h30 Allianz Park
Zebre v Toulouse 20h45 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Sun, 11 December 2016
Wasps v Connacht 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Montpellier v Castres 14h00 Altrad Stadium
Toulon v Scarlets 16h15 Stade Felix Mayol
Exeter Chiefs v Bordeaux 17h30 Sandy Park
Fri, 16 December 2016
Glasgow Warriors v Racing Metro 19h45 Scotstoun Stadium
PREMIERSHIP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 10 8 0 2 38
Wasps 10 8 0 2 37
Bath 10 8 0 2 35
Leicester Tigers 10 7 0 3 31
Exeter Chiefs 10 5 1 4 30
Gloucester 10 3 2 5 23
Harlequins 10 5 0 5 22
Newcastle Falcons 10 5 0 5 22
Northampton Saints 10 4 0 6 20
Sale Sharks 10 3 1 6 18
Worcester Warriors 10 1 2 7 10
Bristol 10 0 0 10 4
RELATED ARTICLES