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Report | Hassell-Collins double seals bonus-point win in Slater Cup

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Leicester Tigers have claimed the Slater Cup on an emotional day at Kingsholm Stadium, earning a 38-20 bonus-point win against Gloucester in round seven of the Gallagher Premiership.

A double from Ollie Hassell-Collins and a stout performance by Tigers’ forward pack earned Leicester their third win of the Gallagher Premiership season.

Tigers looked up for it early, forcing their way into Gloucester’s 22-metre area, and forcing a penalty which Pollard converted to make it 3-0.

That shot at goal seemed to wake the home side up, and after winning the territory battle for the next period of the game, Gloucester levelled proceedings from the tee.

The Cherry and Whites were on top, and although Tigers came close to scoring a try, it was Gloucester who would take the lead, 6-3.

Momentum shifted once again, as Tigers found some energy through Josh Bassett and captain, Julián Montoya, who’s pilfer penalty gave Pollard the chance to make it 6-6, and the World Cup winnner made no mistake.

Tigers pressed on and earned another penalty to take the lead.

Then, on the stroke of half time, Hassell-Collins took the only concrete chance of the half to push the score to 14-6, and that’s how it stayed at the break.

Leicester would concede after the break but Gloucester’s resurgence wouldn’t last long as Montoya crossed off the back of a maul.

Hassell-Collins would then bag his brace off the move of the day, the England international going over in front of the shed.

Gloucester crossed once more, but Tigers were determined to pinch a bonus-point, and the telling score would come with the last touch of the game as Solomone Kata snuck over the line.

The final score from Gloucester, 38-20.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

GLO 6-14 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

GLO 20-38 LEI

Attendance

12,782

Referee

Tom Foley

Gloucester Rugby
Gloucester Rugby
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Full Time

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
38
Gloucester Rugby
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Leicester Tigers
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Match Stats

Gloucester Rugby
Leicester Tigers
Possession
45%
55%
Territory
41%
59%
Penalties Conceded
13
13
Yellow Cards
2
1
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
151/185 82%
106/124 85%
Scrums Won
4/5 80%
4/4 100%
Lineouts Won
9/9 100%
10/13 77%

Player Stats

Gloucester Rugby
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Freddie Steward
14Josh Bassett
13Matt Scott
12Dan Kelly
11Ollie Hassell-Collins2T
10Handre Pollard3C4P
9Ben Youngs
1James Cronin
2Julian Montoya1T
3Joe Heyes
4Cameron Henderson
5Ollie Chessum
6Hanro Liebenberg
7Tommy Reffell
8Jasper Wiese
16Charlie Clare
17James Whitcombe
18Dan Cole
19Harry Wells
20Matt Rogerson
21Tom Whiteley
22Jamie Shillcock
23Solomone Kata1T

Commentary

TIGERS RETAIN THE SLATER CUP

Leicester have retained The Slater Cup with a bonus-point away win over Gloucester at Kingsholm.

TRY | SOLOMONE KATA

Pressure pays off for Leicester, with the clock in the red, as Solomone Kata picks up a loose ball from a ruck - with Gloucester in attack - and dives over to score the bonus-point try for Tigers!

DOUBLE CHANGE FOR LEICESTER

Ben Youngs and Freddie Steward are done for the day and replaced by Tom Whiteley and Jamie Shillcock in the Tigers backline.

PEN | HANDRÉ POLLARD

Tigers are out to an eleven-point lead, with nine minutes left, after another Handré Pollard penalty-goal. 

ROGERSON ON FOR REFFELL

Matt Rogerson is used by Dan McKellar, with ten minutes remaining, and replaces Tommy Reffell in Leicester's back-row.

70

BACK TO 15 ON 15

Gloucester's Jack Clement is back into the match after his sin bin ends.

WHITCOMBE ADDED TO FRONT ROW

In place of James Cronin, James Whitcombe is brought on at loosehead prop for Leicester with just over ten minutes left.

CON | GLOUCESTER RUGBY

Leicester's lead is cut to eight points, 20-28, with 13 minutes remaining after George Barton lands the conversion attempt.

TRY | GLOUCESTER RUGBY

The home side hit back, while a man down, after a patiently worked attack, ruck by ruck, and it's front-rower Jamal Ford-Robinson who gets across the chalk for Gloucester.

WELLS BROUGHT ON

Harry Wells is added to the Leicester pack in place of Cameron Henderson with 15 minutes remaining.

63

SIN BINNERS BACK ON FIELD

Ollie Chessum and George Barton are back on the pitch after serving their sin bins.

CON | HANDRÉ POLLARD

Handré Pollard converts from out wide to make it 13-28 after 63 minutes at Kingsholm.

TRY | O11IE HASSELL-COLLINS

Ollie Hassell-Collins has a double after an impressive build-up from Tigers, including a barnstorming drop-out return from Jasper Wiese and some impressive interplay by the Leicester backs, sees the wing in space down the touchline. 

60

TIGERS DENIED BY GLAWS

The home side hold on in defence after being peppered by Leicester on their line and prevent Tigers extend their lead into double digits.

YELLOW CARD | GLOUCESTER RUGBY

Gloucester are down to 13 men, for the next three minutes, after a cynical play from Jack Clement on his side's line in defence results in a yellow card.

MONTOYA'S RETURN COMPLETE

Julián Montoya, in his first outing of the season, is replaced near the hour mark by Charlie Clare.

CON | HANDRÉ POLLARD

Handré Pollard converts his skipper's try to make it an eight-point lead, 13-21, after 56 minutes in Kingsholm.

TRY | JULIÁN MONTOYA

Julián Montoya celebrates his return to action with a try, from the back of a dominant driving maul, and Leicester's lead is out to six points after 55 minutes.

KATA INTO THE GAME

Solomone Kata is brought on in the midfield by Dan McKellar to replace Dan Kelly.

YELLOW CARD | GLOUCESTER RUGBY

Both sides are now at 14 after George Barton receives a yellow card for head-on-head contact in the tackle with Handré Pollard.

COLE JOINS THE ACTION

Dan Cole is on for Tigers in place of Joe Heyes in the front-row.

YELLOW CARD | OLLIE CHESSUM

Leicester go down to 14 men for the next ten minutes after Ollie Chessum is shown a yellow card for an incident at the maul before the try.

CON | GLOUCESTER RUGBY

George Barton converts from out wide to make it a one-point game, 13-14, with half an hour remaining at Kingsholm.

TRY | GLOUCESTER RUGBY

A lineout, 5m out, is brought down by Gloucester and driven towards the Leicester line before George McGuigan breaks away from the back and crashes over to score.

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TERRITORY BATTLE ONGOING

Both sides have come out with the intention to win the territory battle, through the boot, in the opening minutes of the second half. 

BACK UNDERWAY IN THE SLATER CUP

Gloucester, trailing Tigers 6-14, get the second half going at Kingsholm.

TIGERS LEAD AT THE BREAK

Leicester take an eight-point, 6-14, lead into the Kingsholm changing rooms after an entertaining opening half in Gloucester.

TRY | O11IE HASSELL-COLLINS

Ollie Hassell-Collins crosses out wide after slick, quick hands from Leicester find the left wing and does the rest to beat the last Gloucester defender and score out wide.

PEN | HANDRÉ POLLARD

Leicester take back the lead, 6-9, as Handré Pollard makes it three from three from the tee in the 35th minute at Kingsholm.

PEN | HANDRÉ POLLARD

We are level again, 6-6, after a long-range penalty-goal from Handré Pollard in the 32nd minute.

PEN | GLOUCESTER RUGBY

The home side take the lead for the first time this afternoon, closing in on half an hour of play, with a George Barton penalty-goal making it 6-3 at Kingsholm.

26

ANOTHER ATTEMPT OFF THE POSTS

George Barton is again unable to add three from the tee, from nearly 40m out, as his attempt comes back off the uprights to see it remain 3-3 after 26 minutes.

23

SCORES REMAIN LEVEL

Another missed chance for the home side as a penalty-goal attempt fades to the right of the posts in the 24th minute.

20

QUARTER OF THE WAY

We are 20 minutes into The Slater Cup in Gloucester and all tied up at 3-3 after an entertaining, exciting opening quarter.

PEN | GLOUCESTER RUGBY

We are level at Kingsholm after a George Barton penalty-goal from halfway makes it 3-3 in the 17th minute.

13

BARTON HITS THE UPRIGHTS

George Barton hits the posts with a penalty-goal attempt in the 12th minute and it remains Leicester in the lead, 0-3, at Kingsholm.

10

TIGHT AFTER TEN IN GLOUCESTER

Still just three points, 0-3, separating the sides at Kingsholm after ten minutes.

5

ATTACKING OPENING

Both sides showing plenty of intent to play with ball in hand early on here in Gloucester this afternoon after five minutes.

PEN | HANDRÉ POLLARD

After dominating possession in the opening minutes, Tigers are on the scoreboard with a penalty from Handré Pollard making it 0-3 after as many minutes. 

HERE WE GO...

We are underway in Gloucester, in Round 7, as Handré Pollard gets The Slater Cup going from halfway! 

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FIVE TO GO AT KINGSHOLM

We are just FIVE minutes from kick-off in The Slater Cup at Kingsholm! 


Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Santiago Carreras
14
Louis Rees-Zammit
13
Chris Harris
12
Sebastien Atkinson
11
Ollie Thorley
10
George Barton
9
Michael Young
1
Mayco Vivas
2
George McGuigan
3
Fraser Balmain
4
Freddie Clarke
5
Matias Alemanno
6
Freddie Thomas
7
Lewis Ludlow
8
Jack Clement

Replacements

16
Santiago Socino
17
Harry Elrington
18
Jamal Ford-Robinson
19
Arthur Clark
20
Ben Donnell
21
Charlie Chapman
22
Mark Atkinson
23
Louis Hillman-Cooper

Team News | Montoya returns for Slater Cup

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Leicester Tigers have named their team for Saturday’s Slater Cup against Gloucester at Kingsholm Stadium at 2:30pm live on TNT Sports.

Argentinian international hooker Julián Montoya starts and captains Leicester in his first game of the 23/24 season having led his country at the Rugby World Cup.

Matt Scott also earns his first start of the season, the former Gloucester centre starting in the midfield beside Dan Kelly.

Tigers run-on side is otherwise unchanged with backrow Jasper Wiese named for his 50th Gallagher Premiership appearance and fullback Freddie Steward wearing the 15 jersey for his 50th start in the league.

Prop James Whitcombe and lock Harry Wells come onto the bench, Whitcombe likely to come on for his first Premiership outing of the season.

Leicester Tigers head coach, Dan McKellar said: “Last week was an important result for us off the back of strong Set Piece and Defence. Both components will be really important again this week against Gloucester.

“Julian’s a world class player and a real leader on and off the field so it’s great to have him back in the team.

“Gloucester away, Saturday afternoon, playing for Ed Slater, who means so much to both clubs: these games always have a bit of extra feeling in them so we’re excited for the challenge.”

 

STARTING XV

15 Freddie Steward [74]

14 Josh Bassett [8]

13 Matt Scott [68]

12 Dan Kelly [64]

11 Ollie Hassell-Collins [8]

10 Handré Pollard [17]

9 Ben Youngs [304]

1 James Cronin [20]

2 Julián Montoya (c) [44]

3 Joe Heyes [129]

4 Cameron Henderson [45]

5 Ollie Chessum [45]

6 Hanro Liebenberg [93]

7 Tommy Reffell [103]

8 Jasper Wiese [63]

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Charlie Clare [86]

17 James Whitcombe [41]

18 Dan Cole [312]

19 Harry Wells [181]

20 Matt Rogerson [8]

21 Tom Whiteley [13]

22 Jamie Shillcock [9]

23 Solomone Kata [3]

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