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Stephenson hands Leeds victory

A second-half try from Michael Stephenson earned Leeds Carnegie their first win of a frustrating campaign and dented Gloucester's ambitions of strengthening their claims for a top four place.

Leeds remain three points adrift of Newcastle at the foot of the table but this 15-13 victory, at the 10th time of asking in the Premiership, gives them renewed hope.

It was earned by Stephenson's diving try short of the hour that finished off a move in which Leeds' desperation to cross the line and retake the lead was there for all to see.

They had to hang on - Ceiron Thomas missed a conversion and a penalty - for the much-needed victory.

Gloucester had edged ahead courtesy of penalties from Freddie Burns either side of half-time after James Simpson-Daniel had cancelled out an earlier try by Hendre Fourie.

But the defeat means Gloucester, who were second best for much of the game, stay sixth.

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