Leicester suffer surprise loss to Nottingham
August 17, 2014
James Hook settles into life at Gloucester © Getty Images
Leicester Tigers suffered a surprise 26-19 loss at Nottingham on Saturday.
The Tigers fielded a team featuring both experience and youth, led by Tom Croft, but they were stunned by an organised Nottingham side who were four tries to the good early in the second-half. The Tigers crossed first through Dave Williams but Nottingham hit back through Alex Smit and Liam O'Neill. Fraser Balmain struck back to make it 12-12 at the break but Nottingham scored two quick-fire tries early in the second-half with Smit and O'Neill both grabbing their second of the match. Sam Harrison scored a late consolation for Leicester but they could not get over to give themselves a shot at the posts for the draw.
The Aviva Premiership champions Northampton were in action and their youthful team beat Rotherham 33-28 at Franklin's Gardens. The Saints scored five tries in total with Teimana Harrison, Howard Packman, Reece Marshall, Christian Day and a penalty try helping bring up their total while Rotherham grabbed four of their own.
Laurie Fisher takes in his new surroundings at Kingsholm © Getty Images
Gloucester started life under their new coaching set-up in the perfect way with a 10-try 62-19 hammering of Yorkshire Carnegie at Kingsholm. James Hook was the star of the show as he ended with two tries with Henry Purdy and Steve McColl also grabbing braces. Aleki Lutui, Greig Laidlaw, Dan Thomas and Charlie Sharples also scored with Laidlaw finishing the game with four conversions to his name.
Bath and Scarlets played out a 26-26 draw at the Recreation Ground. Olly Woodburn and Ben Williams' tries helped give Bath a 12-7 lead at half-time with Rob McCusker going over for the Scarlets. Bath rung the changes at half-time and the Scarlets took full advantage with Scott Williams levelling the game but Woodburn struck back for the home side with a 90-metre try. Semesa Rokodoguni stretched Bath's lead to 12 points but James Davis and Aled Davies' tries drew the game level.
Harlequins also drew as they hosted Pau at the Stoop. Pau outscored Quins three tries to two with Bruno Hiriat, Julien Funat and Jean Baptiste Barrere scoring with Sam Twomey and Charlie Walker crossing for the hosts as the game finished 17-17.
Sale made easy work of Fylde winning 40-5 with the Sharks scoring six tries. Tom Brady, new signing Luke McLean, Joe Ford (two), Dan Braid and Cameron Neild all scored.
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