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Leicester ease to victory

England international half-backs Toby Flood and Ben Youngs ran the show behind an imperious Leicester pack as Tigers battered Gloucester 36-3 at Welford Road.

Five-try Leicester kept themselves firmly in the Aviva Premiership title play-off zone after reeling off a 10th successive victory in all competitions on home soil.

Scrum-half Youngs, prop Logovi'i Mulipola and flanker Steve Mafi scored first-half tries to underpin Leicester's dominance of a game they controlled in terms of territory and possession, before centre Matt Smith's 58th-minute score sealed a bonus point and an Alesana Tuilagi breakaway effort confirmed the rout.

Gloucester delivered little more than a prolonged damage-limitation exercise, not only being suffocated by relentless Leicester pressure but also seeing Flood stage a masterclass of tactical kicking.

England's current back-up number 10 added four conversions and a penalty, and with Youngs controlling affairs at the heels of his dominant forwards in miserable conditions, Gloucester surrendered.

Fly-half Freddie Burns booted an early penalty for the visitors, yet they looked a pale shadow of the team that had beaten leaders Harlequins and play-off hopefuls Northampton in recent weeks.

Leicester toyed with their opponents on the back of a rampaging display by number eight Thomas Waldrom, and rarely in the Premiership this season can one side have enjoyed such supremacy.

Gloucester were left to reflect on their heaviest Premiership loss since Quins thumped them 42-6 almost six months ago, but Leicester continue making a traditional full-scale tilt on more Premiership silverware.


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