Gloucester ease past Munster
August 24, 2014
Northampton's George North sprints away © Getty Images
Gloucester followed up their 10-try thrashing of Yorkshire Carnegie last week with a commanding 45-8 win over Munster at Kingsholm on Saturday.
While Gloucester's woes in the scrum were well-documented last year, the Shed faithful would have taken heart from seeing their pack bully Munster's to the extent they were awarded an early penalty try. Munster had 11 debutants in their team and were 10-0 down at the break but had little answer to Gloucester's second-half onslaught.
Matt Kvesic and Elliott Stooke both finished the game with pairs of tries while Cian Bohane got a consolation for Munster at the death. And despite the scoreline, Gloucester boss David Humphreys was not getting carried away, telling the Rugby Paper: "It was not about getting the win, it was the performance. Parts of it were good but we made too many unforced errors - that is part of the pre-season."
Jon Fisher takes the game to Leinster © Getty Images
Champions Northampton Saints had George North to thank as his late try saw them beat Leinster 33-31 at Franklin's Gardens. Leinster were without their internationals and at one stage trailed 26-0 but they rallied with scores from Cian Kelleher, Dan Leavy and Mick McGrath. They came in response to an earlier score from North alongside efforts from Luther Burrell, Kahn Fotuali'i and Tom Stephenson.
A late penalty from David Mele saw Leicester snatch a 11-10 victory over Edinburgh at The Greenyards. Leicester's 11-point total was brought up thanks to a try from Logovi'i Mulipola and a penalty from debutant Freddie Burns. Roddy Grant scored for Edinburgh with Greig Tonks converting the try and Tom Heathcote thought he had won the game for the Scottish side with a late penalty only to see Mele steal the victory.
New signing Marland Yarde was Harlequins' hero as they beat Glasgow 24-23 in Scotland. Kyle Sinckler and Joe Marler scored for Harlequins before Niko Matawalu grabbed a brace of tries and then DTH van der Merwe's effort gave Glasgow the lead. But Yarde, alongside another one from Harlequins, scored late on to give Quins a morale-boosting win.
Bath crossed for five tries as they beat Jersey 34-10. Jonathan Joseph and Semesa Rokoduguni grabbed braces while Olly Woodburn also scored. Wasps were also in action and they beat Connacht 28-18 with James Gaskell impressing while Sale saw off Worcester 22-16 thanks to scores from Tom Arscott, Will Cliff and a penalty try.
Newcastle played the first game on their new artificial pitch but they lost out 22-21 to Rotherham. Scott Lawson, Will Welch and Juan Pablo Socino scored for the Falcons with Curtis Wilson, Jamie Broadley and Sean Scanlon crossing for the visitors.
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