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- Aviva Premiership
- 8th Sep 2012
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Madejski Stadium
- Att: 5,828
Gloucester grateful to Burns
Fly-half kicks 25 points as Cherry and Whites post first win
Fly-half Freddie Burns was the hero as Gloucester came from behind three times to beat London Irish 40-31 and record their first Aviva Premiership win of the season.
Burns kicked 25 points and created the decisive try as the Cherry and Whites bounced back from their 24-19 opening-day home defeat to Northampton.
England number eight Ben Morgan, with his first try for his new club, winger James Simpson-Daniel and replacement flanker Akapusi Qera touched down for Gloucester with Burns landing seven penalties and two conversions.
Right-wing Topsy Ojo scored the Exiles' opening try with Ireland scrum-half Tomas O'Leary and replacement prop Halani Aulika marking their home debuts with tries. Fly-half Steven Shingler kicked four penalties and two conversions for a 16-point haul as the Exiles slumped to their second successive defeat following their opening day 40-3 thrashing at Saracens.
Irish took the lead with a fourth-minute penalty from Shingler - handed the kicking duties ahead of last season's top Premiership points scorer Tom Homer who began with his left knee heavily strapped.
But the visitors equalised through Burns five minutes later when Irish strayed offside on their 22 line.
Shingler kicked the Exiles ahead with his second penalty in the 19th minute and two minutes later the home side grabbed the opening try.
Shingler figured twice in the build-up before releasing Homer, who put his grubber kick behind the Gloucester defence before Ojo won the race for the loose ball.
Burns cut the gap to two points with two penalties before Shingler responded from two metres inside the Gloucester half after the visitors were penalised for pulling down line-out jumper Bryn Evans.
Irish withdrew the struggling Homer in the 34th minute, replacing him with England Under-20 star Anthony Watson.
Burns pulled his fourth penalty attempt wide four minutes later but landed a conversion to send Gloucester in at half-time with a 16-14 lead after Morgan exploited some appalling defending by Irish to score his side's first try.
Taking the ball from the base of a ruck, he went between two hesitant would-be tacklers, was missed by hooker Scott Lawson and brushed off O'Leary before crossing.
Burns landed his fourth penalty five minutes into the second half after the Irish scrum was yet again penalised by referee Greg Garner.
Irish were level again two minutes later when Gloucester's defence cracked, allowing number eight John Fisher to run through before offloading to Aulika, who forced his way over for his first Exiles try since arriving from Championship side Leeds during the summer. Shingler converted to put the Exiles 21-19 ahead.
But Gloucester edged a point in front with Burns' fifth penalty from just inside the Irish half as the home scrum, forced into rapid reverse, was penalised once more.
Irish finally got their scrum right and it led to O'Leary shooting in for their second try after the diving Charlie Sharples conceded the five-metre set-piece as he slid over the line desperately defending a through kick from Jonathan Joseph. Shingler again converted.
Burns kicked Gloucester level again after Irish offended at the breakdown.
Shingler booted Irish back in front before Burns squeezed down the left touchline for Gloucester before passing inside to present Simpson-Daniel with what proved to be the decisive 72nd-minute try, converted by the fly-half.
Gloucester struck again two minutes later when Qera forced his way in from close range.
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