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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Classic Encounters - Leicester Tigers and Gloucester's thrilling draw

The most talked about game of the Aviva Premiership this past weekend was the incredible 41-41 draw that took place at Welford Road on Saturday, the highest scoring draw in Premiership history.

Leicester Tigers were 14 points up in the second half but tossed it away as Gloucester came back, then snatched a vital intercept try on the stroke of fulltime, scored by skilful centre Eliota Fuimano-Sapolu.

It was a great occasion as the dry weather and sunshine of Welford Road provided a great day of rugby for the 24 000 on hand, as both sides chanced their arm, displaying some great running rugby and individual moments of magic.

For the Tigers, powerful wing Alesana Tuilagi scored a quickfire hat-trick, while one of the best moment for Gloucester was the sensational flick on from Matt Cox for Andy Hazell's try.

In the end it came down to a loose pass from Jeremy Staunton that gifted Fuiamno-Sapolu the runaway try, and a conversion that ended the game with a 41-41 draw.

Time: 06:35



  • first!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 20, 2011 8:27 pm  

  • Leicester's 3rd try was brilliant!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 20, 2011 8:33 pm  


    By Anonymous JewbaccaKing, at April 20, 2011 8:34 pm  

  • This is why the winning team should bury the ball in rucks from the 75th minute... Also is it me or that commentator keeps saying "TuilaNgi"?

    By Blogger Threma, at April 20, 2011 8:59 pm  

  • Gloucester always seems to put on pretty good shows, it seems (for being 3rd on the table, not sure how they're a "shit team").

    Pity more of their players don't end up representing England on a regular basis.

    By Anonymous orange, at April 20, 2011 9:15 pm  

  • hate to nag, but ridiculous commentary in calling ben youngs danny care(around 4.20, TWICE)...wrong club mate, its almost and insult(if i wasn't a quins man) to this emerging star. Leave the job to sky and the beeb please

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 20, 2011 9:16 pm  

  • @ JewbaccaKing

    try looking at the quality of yours posts first...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 20, 2011 9:18 pm  

  • Good one Jew

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 20, 2011 9:28 pm  

  • I agree with annonymous, thought I wasn't hearing right for a minute there. Yes, Danny Care is a good player, but completely different style to Youngs, and not really in the same league talent wise. Wouldn't be suprised, now Manu Tuilagi has verbally commiteded to England, if an all Leicester 9, 10, 12 and 13 isn't far off. Fair play though, great game.

    By Anonymous ScrumGuru, at April 20, 2011 9:28 pm  

  • Great game :) Superrugby-esque

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 20, 2011 9:46 pm  

  • @Tom That's how you pronounce Tuilagi's name. It's not TuilaGee.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 20, 2011 11:31 pm  

  • The Northern Hemisphäre Supportes will Be complaning about the Poor Defense. Haha just Windung u up. Good entertaining Game.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 20, 2011 11:38 pm  

  • It might just be me, there was some excellent handling in there.. but did anyone else think that both teams lacked a bit of edge in defense?

    Looks like it was a great game obviously, but Leicester really gave it away at the end there! :D

    By Anonymous David, at April 20, 2011 11:41 pm  

  • lol what a shit commentator. How can you go the whole game calling somebody Youngs then randomly think he's Care? How or why do the other folks in the booth never say anything and correct them? Its so frustrating when you have a shitty commentator.

    Some good hands and some good tries, but some are very very soft. Gloucester is a shit team though.

    Last try shouldn't have happened as that ball was in touch, no idea what the touch judge (do your fn job) was thinkibng

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 20, 2011 11:48 pm  

  • Sky commentators, etc. aren't the best. They are also so england focused it's ridiculous. They spend so much time on the English teams in Heneken cup broadcasts before the match its ridiculous. they always manage to turn the discussion to the england squad as well. really annoying sometimes. i already know about the england teams its the other teams i need to know more about.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 21, 2011 12:21 am  

  • was at the match and yes I'm a tigers fan...but they should have won that game by close to 30 points. woeful discipline

    By Anonymous Jonno, at April 21, 2011 12:30 am  

  • Some great rugby in this clip!

    What was the ref like at the game? It seems like he let the game flow by letting a few things slide. Was that the case? E.g. seemed at 1:06 Leicester turned the ball over because their man fell all over the ball.
    Nothing wrong with the reffing if that's the case, just curious about the flow of the game.

    By Blogger granite, at April 21, 2011 12:40 am  

  • Great match, good to see the boys run with the ball.

    On a side note, I think that at the moment, and if this world was a fantasy one, England could field Cipriani at 10 (he's playing some bold, brilliant Super Rugby), Flood at 12 and Manu Tuilagi at 13, would actually solve their HUGE problem on the centres, watching Hape and Tindall play together is as thrilling as watching the grass grow.


    By Anonymous Juugernauter, at April 21, 2011 1:11 am  

  • Tuilagi's name should be pronounced:


    put into English phonology, that's 'too-i-lang-ee'

    The letter 'G' in Samoan orthography is usually realised as the velar nasal 'ŋ' - in a regular English accent that means 'ng'.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 21, 2011 1:12 am  

  • Agree with anonymous about ball being in touch.. It looked mighty close. People are still finding it hard to comprehend that it wasn't bad defence just outstanding attacking all-round. Quick ball and good running lines, all players running with ball in hand (props passing rather than straight into contact) = very hard to defend.

    By Anonymous Gf, at April 21, 2011 1:43 am  

  • That was serious rugby. From the Premiership - of all places. The more I see, the more the weather defines the style/tradition/ethos/method/way, as regards NH-SH.

    We've had sun up north - ie NH - for about 1 mts now, in rugbyland, and this is how the rugby seems to be: 41-41.

    Munster-Agen was similar.

    But, Im annoyed. Annoyed it seems this simpl(e)istic to define rugby styles.

    But i suppose.... style/tradition/ethos/method/way
    are more like descriptions of rugby culture(s).

    By Anonymous mise, at April 21, 2011 1:45 am  

  • It's not just weather that defines what style of play a team uses, but it certainly helps.
    It's impossible to play a free running style in a downpour, it's gotta be more restricted when the weather is shit.

    By Anonymous Jono, at April 21, 2011 4:07 am  

  • Look out wales I feel sorry for you Welsh fans come World Cup time.. Tuilagi, Fuimaono Sapulo, Mapusua.. and who does Wales have?.. Henson?? haha..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 21, 2011 6:37 am  

  • At anon above. Ever heard of a bloke called jamie roberts? If fit he is one class center. One of the best in the world. Just look at the odriscol/roberts partnership for the BI lions and then tell me they aren't class centers (I know BOD is irish). If only the whole Lions were in the same class...

    Still, one can only imagine what the rugby world would be like if pacific sides like samoa, fiji and tonga had the right amount of stability and money...

    By Anonymous The Green Mafia, at April 21, 2011 7:11 am  

  • Seems like too many people try too hard to be rugby experts rather than fans and the effect is quite the opposite.
    As a fan I think this was great running rugby, enjoyable to watch and a fair result at the end.
    As far as Gloucester being a "shit" team, well I presume the comment comes from someone who's been following Rugby for a whole 5mins.
    I'm a Leinster Fan myself, but "Quashing" would not be my definition of that game, it finished 17-10 and could have been closer. I can only conclude that you're a troll trying to give Irish fans a bad name.

    By Anonymous I hate ppl who write "First!", at April 21, 2011 9:29 am  

  • A moment of clarity. "Seems like too many people try too hard to be rugby experts rather than fans and the effect is quite the opposite."

    Well said.

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at April 21, 2011 9:49 am  

  • "This proves how superior NH is to SH"

    "This shows how shitty NH defence is."

    Done. Saved you trolls some time.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 21, 2011 11:24 am  

  • I think there was an element of Leicester assuming this would be a walk in the park as Gloucester only had 6 regular first team players. The problem was Leicester didn't play like Leicester and decided to fling the ball around. When they stopped and played like they usually do at the beginning of the 2nd half things began to return to normal, but then they decided to play loose again.

    As for gloucester being 'shit' bear in mind that they are 3rd in the premiership, won a cup already this year and minus Voyce and Fuimaono-Saupolo, the rest of that backline are under 23 (and that is a general trend in the squad). They've quietly being getting there game together and aren't signing flavour of the month big money earners. Watch these guys they could be onto something.

    By Anonymous Nick, at April 21, 2011 11:28 am  

  • im really glad i wasn't in the leicester changing room after this game, I bet cockers went spastic!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 21, 2011 12:02 pm  

  • the current crop of British rugby Journalists keep bleating about Southern Hemisphere rugby as being far superior to that of the North. Barnes is terrible for it. In fact, a week before the test match, the Welshman that is Stephen Jones went so far to say that all but two of the current English side would make it into the French team. England went on to outplay France in virtually every position.
    My point is that when you see games like this and even allowing for the odd sloppy tackle, I dont see much of a difference at all in standard when comparing it with the average super 15 game. The French league produces some stunning rugby but yet, according to the experts we all lag behind our antipodean cousins. Could we not agree that the game is in pretty good shape where ever its played. Come world cup time, we all get to see who's right.

    By Blogger Morgan Leadbitter, at April 21, 2011 2:44 pm  

  • However you pronounce his name, Tuilagi needs to show a bit more nous in touching down. Swallow dives are just show-boating and, in this case, he should be more intent on scoring closer to the posts to guarantee the conversion. And one-handed touchdowns like that are awful dangerous - it looked to me like he bounced it.

    By Anonymous Robert, at April 21, 2011 3:04 pm  

  • Just one question: why was George Clancy (if I heard correctly) reffing a game in the Guinness Premiership?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 21, 2011 4:17 pm  

  • Well aren't you just a bundle of joy Robert

    By Anonymous Tuilangi, at April 21, 2011 4:19 pm  

  • NuNet, Stephen Jones is a joke. I'd be hard pushed to consider him a rugby journalist. He is anti-Irish, anti-Englsih, pro-Welsh (with regards to rugby) and is often completely wrong in his predictions. I do believe the SH are ahead, but not by as much as he would suggest. New Zealand are a good bit ahead ofAustralia and South Africa, but they those two are only just ahead of countries like England, Ireland and France. and I'm not a fan of france by the way, they just collapsed against the aussies last time, you cant base everything on that. England have already shown they can beat them. Ireland can beat them if they ever decide they want to play to their abilities, and we all know France can beat anybody if they're in the mood

    By Anonymous Wilkoisroyalty, at April 21, 2011 4:48 pm  

  • The Green Mafia, the BOD / Roberts centre pairing was brilliant. They destroyed the Boks when they were together. BOD sliced then Roberts bashed. Roberts is big, but he isn't massive. I don't know how he kept finding his was through. It would be great to see Roberts at Leinster or BOD at the Blues.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 22, 2011 5:23 pm  

  • Some lovely passing there, especially the passages of play at 2:55 and 3:40 - last pass in each of these being absolute beauties.

    By Anonymous Von, at April 24, 2011 10:17 pm  

  • castro is great!

    By Anonymous and, at April 25, 2011 6:20 pm  

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