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Tigers keep up Ulster hunt with bonus point win over Montpellier

Gloucester beat Edinburgh in Scotland to stay in touch with Munster in Pool 6.

Jamie Gibson scores a try for Leicester.
Jamie Gibson scores a try for Leicester.
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LEICESTER TIGERS SCORED a last-minute drop goal to deny Montpellier a losing bonus point that scarcely seemed an option after the home side led 24-3 after 15 minutes.

Tigers ultimately defeated the French visitors 41-32 to claim a bonus point win but were forced to endure a fightback in the second-half.

Vereniki Goneva crossed for a Tigers try after three minutes at Welford Road and two tries in two minutes from Miles Benjamin all but settled the Heineken Cup Pool 5 encounter.

Mamuka Gorgodze responded with a strong run for Montpellier’s first try and Pierre Berard came off the bench to score. Tigers regrouped and put phases together up front, working their way into the Montpellier 22 before Jamie Gibson got the crucial fourth try.

Berard crossed for a 78th minute try but Lamd’s dropped goal ensured they would only leave with one point. Leicester are on 11 points after three games, two behind pool leaders Ulster.

Gloucester eye top spot

Greig Tonks scored a sixth minute try for Edinburgh at Murrayfield this afternoon but Gloucester notched up the next 23 points to secure a vital away win.

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Martyn Thomas was the hero for the English side as he dived over for a try in each half. Fullback Rob Cook also dotted down and Freddie Burns chipped in with eight points from the boot.

Gloucester host Edinburgh at Kingsholm next weekend and will hope to pick up a bonus point win as Pool 6 leaders Munster are away to Perpignan.

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