Gloucester claim first silverware

Sat, 10 Aug 2013 06:52
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Gloucester got their hands on the first piece of silverware of the new Northern Hemisphere season.

Gloucester got their hands on the first piece of silverware of the new Northern Hemisphere season, after defeating Leicester 24-17 to seal the Premiership Sevens series title at The Rec.

Beaten finalists last year, the Cherry & Whites proved they had learnt their lesson and held off a spirited second-half performance from Leicester to lay down an early marker ahead of the Premiership season's return.

Gloucester came flying out of the blocks, buoyed after their defeat of Saracens the game before, and held a healthy advantage at the break through two Steph Reynolds scores and one from Rhodri McAtee.

Leicester responded early in the second half with a try from Rhodri Davies, who also added the extras, and when David Williams out-paced Akapusi Qera they were just five points behind with three minutes left.

But moments later, after a good break from Drew Cheshire, Nevaro Codlin was on hand to restore Gloucester's lead to two scores.

There was still time for Tom Pointer to go over for the Tigers, leaving them 30 seconds to grab a match-winning score, but after a poor restart the game was up with Gloucester now off to the World Club Sevens.
Leicester opened the evening with a dominant 35-12 victory over Group A winners Worcester with tries from Davies, Jake Farnworth, Ollie Turton and a Stef Jones double.

Gloucester were the next side to make a statement against Group B winners Newcastle Falcons as Reynolds, picking up where he left off at Kingsholm, Gareth Evans and Andrew Bulumakau all touched down for a 21-0 win.

The Tigers then were out again and faced Harlequins knowing a win would secure them a place in the final but, after Dave Ward reclaimed a Quins kick-off allowing Jeremy Manning to score, it was an uphill battle.

Group C winners Quins doubled their advantage through Jack Clifford who showed a quick turn of pace to touch down under the posts but the Tigers responded with the last play of the first half with a Farnworth score.

A great burst from Jordan Burns set up Miles Mantella for Quins' third try but after Joe Trayfoot was show yellow Davies powered over for Leicester before David Williams completed the 19-17 comeback in the dying seconds with a converted try.

Saracens got underway against the Falcons in game four and ran out 19-15 winners but were behind early thanks to a break from Chris Harris.

The Allianz Park outfit responded immediately however through Jack Wilson and  further tries from Sam Stanley and Luke Baldwin gave them a big enough cushion despite scores late on from Simon Hammersley and Tom Catterick.

Worcester and Harlequins were playing for pride in the final game of Pool A and it was the latter who ran out 29-14 winners.

Doubles from Mantella and Jordan Burns and a Charlie Walker score had Quins well ahead while Tom Chapman and George De Cothi were on the score sheet for the Warriors.

In the final Pool B fixture the winner of Saracens and Gloucester knew they would be in the final and Martyn Thomas got the Cherry & Whites off to the best possible start with an early try.

A converted Ransom try saw Sarries take the lead at half-time and after Reynolds touched down for Gloucester it was Ransom once more that had the London club in front with seconds left.

But a break from Bulumakau gave Gloucester their place in the final with the last play of the game as they ran out 17-14 winners.

By Ryan Walters, Sportsbeat

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Fri, 24 February 2017
Highlanders v Chiefs 06h35 Dunedin
Reds v Sharks 09h00 Brisbane
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 17h45 Twickenham Stoop
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Myreside
Dragons v Leinster 19h30 Rodney Parade
Munster v Scarlets 19h35 Thomond Park
Sat, 25 February 2017
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Brumbies 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Force 08h45 Allianz Park
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
RESULT SCORE
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16 | 10
Maties v NMMU-Madibaz 35 | 16
UWC v Rhodes 88 | 8
TUT v WSU 13 | 17
NWU-Pukke v UCT-Ikeys 20 | 15
Sun, 19 February 2017
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 46 | 31
Sale Sharks v Wasps 34 | 28
Sat, 18 February 2017
Connacht v Dragons 14 | 9
Ospreys v Munster 23 | 25
Leicester Tigers v Bristol 50 | 17
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 37 | 17
Bath v Harlequins 22 | 12
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Pool 00
Team P W D L Pts
Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 0 1
Pool 19
Team P W D L Pts
England Sevens 0 0 0 0 19
Pool 20
Team P W D L Pts
Uganda Sevens 0 0 0 0 2
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Fiji Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Australia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Japan Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens