Gloucester Rugby champions of the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s at The Rec
GLOUCESTER 24 LEICESTER TIGERS 17
GLOUCESTER are the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s series champions for 2013.
The Cherry & Whites will kick-start their new season with a trip to Twickenham to play the world's best in the World Club Sevens series.
Coach Olly Morgan praised the team, who he believes showed huge potential for the future following their victory at The Rec tonight.
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Gloucester opened with a brace from Steph Reynolds.
The pace man took a wide berth to the line, finishing with a delicate plump over the whitewash for his first.
And Reynolds then rinsed his opposite number again to breeze over in the opposite corner.
The Tigers' passing fell wayward in spurts and Gloucester rose to the challenge in the lineout.
Barn-storming Andrew Bulumakau continued to make inroads.
The Cherry & Reds looked bullish.
But Billy Burns, the brother of Freddie down in Toulon, couldn't convert his first two attempts.
It was Gloucester's turn to defend.
Last-ditch tackles left Leicester whiskers from a well-needed score and their fortunes continued to falter with far too many fumbles.
The Cherry & Whites were far more composed than their opponents.
They teased and weaved openings with patience, putting Rhodri McAtee round on the loop for the third just before the half.
Leicester caught a break early in the second ten minutes.
Bulumakau had the legs to cut off a try-scoring opportunity.
But Tigers' Rhodri Davies found the gap out wide as Gloucester tried to recuperate their ranks.
Another came for the Leicester men soon after but Nevrao Codlin responded by bouncing onto a tight and elegant pop pass and flew over the line.
The game opened up. Leicester hit and then Gloucester countered.
Will Hayward found himself in space but alone and could've settled for being shuffled into touch but threw inside.
Leicester scored from the possession but that wasn't enough.
Gloucester held on for the victory.
GLOUCESTER 19 SARACENS 14
ANDREW Bukumakau stormed Gloucester into the final of the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series at The Rec tonight with a last gasp sprint to the line.
Gloucester will play Leicester Tigers for the chance to book a place in the World Sevens at Twickenham.
It will be their second appearance in the final in as many years.
Sarries captain Jack Wilson broke through but a well-timed tackle from Gareth Evans prevented the finish.
Rhodri McAtee then teased his way forward before throwing a neat spiral inside.
The ball fumbled but off black and Gloucester re-gathered and finally found room for McAtee and then Martyn Thomas to score.
Saracens struck back with a break from bulldozing Ben Ransom to give the Fez heads the lead before half-time.
And resilient Gloucester hit back after the whistle as Steph Reynolds hit a wide pass and sped to the line.
Gloucester continued to dominate in defence also, competing well on the floor at every opportunity.
To prove their steel was full-proof, Thomas put in another superb low tackle to stop Sarries again.
The Cherry & Whites began to scramble and their tired legs told.
They dug in but Saracen’s Sam Stanley saw the overlap, pinged the ball to Ransom, who decided against using the man over and darted over.
The clock was running low and Gloucester seemed out of it.
But, with an emphatic finish, galloping Bulumakau won the sprint to the corner with a roar from the Kingsholm faithful behind him.
WORCESTER WARRIORS 14 HARLEQUINS 29
BRACES from Quins' pace men Jordan Burns and Miles Mantella gave the London outfit a consolatory victory over the Warriors.
Burns put Quins ahead with a burst to the corner.
There were gaps aplenty in the Warriors defensive line.
Quins were allowed to juggle and spill the ball before Mantella found the line before, to add insult, passing the covering defender to waltz under the uprights.
Burns scored his second shortly after the half-time break and sauntered in under the posts.
But Quins had failed to convert all three chances and the Warriors came back with a flourish when Tom Chapman cut in on the switch.
To give the game a tasty finish, Quins then fumbled the restart.
The ball was stabbed through and George de Cothi pounced to bring the Warriors within one.
But that wasn’t enough as Mantella and then Charlie Walker finished the West Country boys off.
Leicester Tigers will meet Gloucester or Saracens in the final.
SARACENS 19 NEWCASTLE FALCONS 15
IT WAS end-to-end stuff as Saracens beat Falcons in Pool B.
Falcons captain Warren Fury ran in from the half way line before his Saracens’ counterpart, Jack Wilson, went over in the corner seconds later.
Saracens then took the lead with a try from Sam Stanley, who jinked and then pierced the line to see himself in under the posts.
Luke Baldwin stretched Saracens’ first-half lead early in the second.
Silky hands from Andy Davies for Falcons set Sean Brown through, who held his man and fed Simon Hammersley in over the whitewash.
Tom Catterick eased into the corner to bring the North-East outfit back within four points.
His burst was the last play of the game however.
Gloucester now await victors Saracens in a nail-biting finale to Pool B.
Leicester Tigers 19 Harlequins 17
LEICESTER Tigers look like the team to beat so far tonight after overturning Harlequins in dramatic 19-17 turnaround in Pool A.
The Tigers opened tonight’s proceedings with a free-flowing 35-12 win over Worcester Warriors.
The feel behind against Quins in the first half but took the initiative with a last-gasp try to seal victory.
Gloucester 21 Newcastle Falcons 0
GLOUCESTER opened their account in the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s series with a confident 21-0 win against Newcastle Falcons at The Rec on Friday night.
A well executed try from Steph Reynolds in the corner opening the Cherry & Whites' bill, and was followed by second half tries from Gareth Evans and then Gloucester veteran Apo Asala.
The stand out try came from backrower Evans, who showed a dart and then some pace to move Gloucester out of their own twenty-two.
He moved wide, and after a couple of phases, Billy Burns puts the ball through the hands allowing Evans to step left and dart back inside for the try leaving the Falcons for dead.
Apo Satala finished the first Pool B game off, skimming through for a try on his return for Gloucester.
Billy Burns converted all three tries.
Gloucester Rugby are aiming to go one better than last year in the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s tournament at The Rec in Bath tonight.
Tonight's finals will see Gloucester Rugby, Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, Newcastle Falcons, Saracens and Worcester Warriors go head to head.
Gloucester lost out to London Irish in the final last year.
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