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Historic day in series between 'two great clubs'

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Victory at Gloucester on Saturday not only provided four more Gallagher Premiership points to the Leicester Tigers total, but also brought a significant moment in the club’s history.

The Kingsholm contest was the 227th meeting of the two clubs dating back to the end of the 19th Century.

Tigers historian and statistician Stuart Farmer notes that the 20-14 victory took Tigers in front on win count for the first time ever at 110-109, with eight games drawn since that opener back in 1891.

He also points out that Tigers were 21 wins behind the Cherry and Whites in December 1992 before starting to close the gap, finally drawing level on the opening weekend of the current season.

Victory at Kingsholm on Saturday secured a home-and-away double for the season and Tigers have now won four of the last five meetings of the teams.

Head coach Steve Borthwick, in assessing the league win on Saturday, said: “These are two great clubs going at each other over many years. That’s the 227th game between the two and it is the first time Leicester Tigers have been ahead on win count.

“These are two great clubs, two good teams who fought hard today and we’re pleased we were the team that managed to get the win in the end.”

It was the club’s 30th win in 111 trips to Kingsholm, where Gloucester have won 77 of the encounters, with four draws.

The two clubs have produced a series of memorable matches over the years, some of which were recalled in a Tigblog on the Tigers website a couple of seasons ago.