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  1. Leicester come from 31-7 down to win
  2. Harrison steals in with late Tigers scores
  3. Gloucester debutant Scott had crossed twice
  4. Sale beaten 19-17 at Newcastle
  5. Mugford misses last-gasp kick for Sale

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By Gary Smee and Tom Garry

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... And that was Day One

Premiership opening night

So, we've had late drama in both tonight's games to get the 2016-17 Premiership season off to an absolutely thrilling start, with an extremely early contender for game of the season.

It will be a happy journey home for Leicester Tigers, and a relieved Newcastle Falcons dressing room at Kingston Park.

Do be sure to join us again tomorrow when champions Saracens get their title defence under way, Bath begin life under new boss Todd Blackadder and Bristol make their long-awaited return to the top flight.

It should be another cracker. Until then, good night.

FT: Gloucester 31-38 Leicester

Ben Youngs
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Tigers have now beaten Gloucester in 36 of their 56 meetings - quite an unwanted record for Gloucester.

The Cherry and Whites will be scratching their heads as to quite how they lost this encounter, from 24 points up.

Reaction: Gloucester 31-38 Leicester

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill tells BT Sport: "I'm delighted with the win. I'm delighted with the fitness of the players.

"But I'm so, so disappointed with that first 50 minutes. We were pretty woeful and need to put that right pretty quickly.

"But credit to the players, we got our composure back, and Gloucester ran out of steam, to be fair.

"It was nice to see a 15-man rolling maul to win the game. We've pushed the boys a little bit harder and made sure that they're fit. We've got quality to punish teams."


Newcastle 19-17 Sale

Dan Mugford misses a kick right at the death, that would have won the game for Sale. Sharks thought they had turned it around.

Newcastle hold on for what could prove to be a massive win for them!

Reaction: Gloucester 31-38 Leicester

Leicester Tigers debutant JP Pietersen tells BT Sport: "It was a shaky start for us in the first half but I got a proper taste of the English league.

"I was quite worried at 31-7 down, a bit scared. I was like 'can we do it'? But the boys fight!

"Credit to the forwards, to the big men for the drives."

Missed penalty (Delany)

Newcastle 19-17 Sale

The hosts have the chance to take a five-point lead in the closing stages as Mike Delany kicks for the posts from a penalty but his kick is wide. Sale are still in this, just.

Try (McGuigan)

Newcastle 19-17 Sale

Meanwhile, there could be a late twist in tonight's other game too, as Sale reduce the deficit at Newcastle to just two points.

Byron McGuigan crosses after Dan Mugford's grubber kick, and Mugford steps up to convert and make it 19-17.

FT: Gloucester 31-38 Leicester

And to think, Gloucester had the option to kick for three points in the 75th minute, when leading 31-24...

The Cherry and Whites fans trudge home in almost disbelief. They've gone from joyous jubilation to depressing despair.

It's a familiar tale which they were all-to used to last season, letting games slip in the final 10 minutes. Plenty for them to ponder, after a magnificent first half.


Gloucester 31-38 Leicester

Sam Harrison kicks the conversion and, from 31-7 down in the second half, Leicester Tigers have won. What an astonishing start to the season - just astonishing.

Try (Harrison, con Harrison)

Gloucester 31-38 Leicester

What a turnaround! Leicester have won it! Gloucester are stunned! From the driving maul from the line-out, Sam Harrison is there and he is Tiger's opening-night hero! What a finish! Actually, you can have another exclamation mark, what a finish!

Gloucester 31-31 Leicester

Could Leicester win this? They win a penalty on halfway and, after considering kicking for a momentous three points, Sam Harrison is persuaded to kick for the corner. And he does. Perfectly. More late drama. Line-out time.

Try (O'Connor, con Harrison)

Gloucester 31-31 Leicester

Drama at Kingsholm! JP Pietersen benefits from an awkward bounce and he feeds the on-rushing Brendon O'Connor, who scores with moments remaining!

And the conversion is good and Leicester, after trailing 31-7, are level!

Gloucester 31-24 Leicester

James Hook spins beyond four tackles and Gloucester win a penalty, which Hook kicks deep into the corner for a lineout. Could he have gone for the three points? They've opted for the territory. Leicester steal the line-out and Gloucester's chance to extend their lead goes begging.

Delany extends Newcastle's lead

Newcastle 19-10 Sale

Newcastle haven't panicked after that Johnny Leota try for Sale.

Mike Delany slots a couple of penalties to take the hosts nine points clear.

25 minutes to go at Kingston Park.

Gloucester 31-24 Leicester

Gloucester turn the ball over and win another penalty. Are they edging closer to a hard-fought win on the opening night? Leicester have dominated the second half but still trail.

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Gloucester 31-24 Leicester

Gloucester win a scrum! It could be an important moment, ending a lengthy spell of Tigers possession. Greig Laidlaw with the put in. And they do well to gather it and kick the ball into touch near halfway.

Gloucester 31-24 Leicester

It is all Leicester Tigers at the moment. Matt Kvesic is back on for the hosts after his spell in the sin bin, but Gloucester are still under real pressure.

Gloucester 31-24 Leicester

Tigers think they have crossed for a try in the corner, after another powerful drive after winning a penalty.

But they went into touch! It won't count. Good spot by the officials. Gloucester are clinging on to their lead...


Newcastle 13-10 Sale

It's game on at Kingston Park! Johnny Leota goes over in the left corner after a fine overlap.

Dan Mugford adds the extras to reduce the gap to three points.

Replacement (Leicester)

Gloucester 31-24 Leicester

Dom Barrow goes off, as does captain Tom Youngs. Graham Kitchener and George McGuigan come on for Tigers.

Gloucester 31-24 Leicester

Leicester's momentum is somewhat halted by a nasty-looking injury for Dom Barrow, who is down on the ground receiving some treatment after a big knock. He'll need his head injury checking over.

Penalty (Burns)

Gloucester 31-24 Leicester

Well, well, well. Gloucester's lead is evaporating at Kingsholm and suddenly the home crowd are getting nervous!

The penalty is conceded at the scrum and Freddie Burns opts to kick. He makes no mistake.

Try (Harrison, con Burns)

Gloucester 31-21 Leicester

Eventually, inevitably, Leicester's pressure tells. Sam Harrison is credited with getting the ball over the line amid a heaving tussle of Tigers bodies, driving forward, again and again.

With a man advantage, things are suddenly looking up for Leicester, as Freddie Burns makes the conversion to move them within 10 points of the hosts.


Newcastle 10-3 Sale

The second-half gets under way at Kingston Park.

Hopefully we'll see a bit more quality than before the break. Although we're being spoilt at Kingsholm aren't we?

Sin-bin (Kvesic)

Gloucester 31-14 Leicester

Gloucester are eventually penalised with a yellow card by referee Wayne Barnes and Matt Kvesic goes in to the sin bin for unfairly stopping a maul. There were too many consecutive penalties conceded there, as Leicester pile on the pressure.

Gloucester 31-14 Leicester

Leicester are having a good spell here. They have played a series of advantages, deep in Gloucester territory, and have won consecutive penalties. Gloucester are facing a stern defensive test now.

No try

Gloucester 31-14 Leicteser

The home crowd's loud cheer greets the TMO's decision: No try! Tigers' Adam Thompstone is denied. He was offside, just inches in front of Freddie Burns as Burns chipped the ball long for him to chase.

The crowd were expecting a decision on whether or not Thompstone grounded the ball, or perhaps was even held back by Henry Purdy, as those two chased the kick, but because he was offside, none of that matters in the end. Gloucester still hold a big lead.

Try review (Leicester)

Gloucester 31-14 Leicester

Leicester may well have a second try in the space of a few minutes here or, if not, then at least a penalty try. We are going to the TMO.... Stand by.

Try (Pietersen, con Burns)

Gloucester 31-14 Leicester

Tigers debutant JP Pietersen - a 2007 World Cup winner with South Africa - has a try in his first Premiership match for Leicester, converting from 10 metres out down the left flank to give the visitors some hope.

Huge credit goes to Luke Hamilton for an outstanding offload under pressure. Freddie Burns kicks the extra couple of points. 


Newcastle 10-3 Sale

The half-time whistle goes at Kingston Park.

Not the most fluent 40 minutes of rugby, but Newcastle will take it. 

Sinoti Sinoti's converted try has given the hosts a seven-point lead at the break.

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Try (Purdy, con Laidlaw)

Gloucester 31-7 Leicester

Wow! It's another try for Gloucester, almost straight after the restart!

Henry Purdy races away down the left, collecting the pass from half-time replacement James Hook,  moments after Lachlan McCaffrey had made a strong break for Tigers.

The hosts are in opening-night dreamland here! Greig Laidlaw converts easily, once again.


Gloucester 24-7 Leicester

The visitors kick the second half into action at Kingsholm. Can the Tigers claw their way back into this match?

Billy Twelvetrees Matt Scott
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Replacement (Gloucester)

HT: Gloucester 24-7 Leicester

Billy Burns' ribs are sufficiently injured that he unfortunately can't continue in the second half so James Hook is on to replace him at the break.

HT: Gloucester 24-7 Leicester

It is worth remembering that Leicester claimed narrow victories in both league meetings between these two sides last season.

They are not out of this one yet, not by a long way, but they'll need to clean up the mistakes and make some more ground going forward after the break or Gloucester - who finished down in eighth last season - are set for a morale-boosting victory.

Try (Sinoti, con Delany)

Newcastle 10-3 Sale

A try! Some action at Kingston Park! Big Samoan winger Sinoti Sinoti bundles over in the corner for Newcastle from Juan Pablo Socino's offload.

The home crowd goes wild before Mike Delany slots over the conversion.

Gritty battle at Kingston Park

Newcastle 3-3 Sale

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards said it was going to be a bruising encounter and he's not wrong.

Neither side can get a grip on the game as it goes past the half-hour mark.

Little sign of the excitement we've seen at Kingsholm - still plenty of time for things to improve though!

It says it all when this is the highlight...

Superb crowd catch in the West Stand a nonchalant spin pass to the ball boy. #hands


Gloucester 24-7 Leicester

The players jog off for the break at the end of a half that Gloucester debutant Matt Scott won't be forgetting in a hurry. The hosts are deservedly 17 points ahead.

Gloucester 24-7 Leicester

The home crowd are delighted. Their team are turning the ball over, they're stealing at line-outs, they're moving the ball with pace, they're ending this half on top.

It's a promising opening night for David Humphreys' side, so far.

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MacGinty levels things up

Newcastle 3-3 Sale

Newcastle have given away three penalties in the opening 20 minutes of the game and United States international AJ MacGinty makes no mistake this time.

The 26-year-old slots it through the posts for Sale and it's a level game.

Not a lot of quality so far.