Thrilling comeback as Gloucester beat the champions

Jonny May dives over the line early in the second half. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
  • GLOUCESTER 17 HARLEQUINS 15

Reigning Premiership champions Harlequins scored two early tries at Kingsholm. Rob Buchanan crossed the line in the 7th minute, before Sam Smith raced through shortly after Freddie Burns had kicked Gloucester's only points of the half. Quins led 12-3 at the break.

It was important for the home side to get an early second-half score, and that's exactly what they did. A superb run by Charlie Sharples eventually saw the ball switched to the opposite flank, where Jonny May side-stepped a challenge to dive over. And with Burns' conversion it closed the gap to just two points.

Nick Evans kicked a penalty to put the visitors 15-10 ahead, but with ten minutes left on the clock, Akapusi Qera stretched for the line to level the scores.

Burns held his nerve to kick the conversion and make it a Good Friday for the Cherry and Whites.

Matt Banahan scored Bath's first try in the second minute. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport
  • BATH 40 - 25 LONDON WELSH

Bath scored five tries in a 40-25 win over bottom-of-the-table London Welsh.

Matt Banahan, Carl Fearns and Semesa Rokoduguni all touched down within the first fifteen minutes, before Alex Davies kicked three penalties for the visitors.

After the break, Davies kicked three further penalties and Seb Jewell crossed the line to keep Welsh in contention.

But tries from Horacio Agulla and Michael Claassens secured victory for the hosts.

The bonus point win lifts Bath up to sixth in the table - six points behind West Country rivals Gloucester.