Billy Twelvetreees edges Gloucester to victory over London Irish
A last-minute penalty from Gloucester fly-half Billy Twelvetreees edged the Cherry and Whites to a 30-28 Gallagher Premiership win over London Irish at Kingsholm.
Twelvetrees held his nerve to fire over a 40-metre kick to send a home crowd of 3,250 happy.
Irish took a fourth-minute lead with a try from Rona. An excellent kick from Jackson secured the visitors a platform deep in the opposition 22 from where debutant Nic Groom made a sharp break before Rona forced his way over.
However, it took Gloucester only three minutes to draw level when Carreras intercepted a hurried pass from Ollie Hassell-Collins to race 40 metres and score.
Six minutes later, Gloucester went ahead with a superbly created try.
Front-rowers Jack Singleton and Fraser Balmain put the defence on the back foot with a couple of surges before Mark Atkinson made a telling burst. The centre then fed Val Rapava-Ruskin whose neat off-load sent Heinz over for a try to celebrate his 100th appearance for the club.
Irish responded with a Jackson penalty before prop Goodrick-Clarke forced his way over from close range with Jackson’s conversion giving his side a 15-12 lead at the end of a lively first quarter.
Gloucester conceded their fifth penalty in the opening half-hour for Jackson to extend the advantage but the hosts roared back into contention with another thrilling try.
A neat off-load from Atkinson sent Carreras away on a 40-metre run and when the ball was recycled, Moyle dummied his way over to score but Irish were back in front by the interval as Tuisue proved unstoppable from a driving line-out.
In the 50th minute Irish lock Rob Simmons was sin-binned for a high tackle on Singleton and Gloucester immediately capitalised with their bonus-point try from Rees-Zammit.
That try was the only score of an evenly contested third quarter with Irish able to bring back Simmons from the sin-bin with no further damage to the scoreboard.
Jackson missed with a long-range kick before Twelvetrees and Jackson to exchange penalties in a tense finale before Twelvetrees stepped up with the match-winner after Irish dragged down a driving maul.
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