Flood kicks Leicester to victory

England's Toby Flood kicked 17 points as Premiership champions Leicester clinched a 22-17 victory over Gloucester at Kingsholm on Friday.

England's rugby player Toby Flood (C) passes the ball during the captain's run at Twickenham Stadium, southwest of London, on November 1, 2013

Leicester had fallen behind when Freddie Burns scored an early converted try, but Flood ensured the visitors were always in control as they moved within six points of leaders Saracens.

The stand-off booted two penalties before producing a fine run and pass that allowed centre Dan Bowden to cross for a try under the posts.

Gloucester regained the lead on half-time with Jonny May's break-away try.

Rob Cook's conversion of May's try and a penalty from England centre Billy Twelvetrees gave Gloucester a 17-13 advantage.

However, three more Flood penalties in the final 15 minutes underlined Leicester's superiority before an error in the 10th phase in the final minute ended Gloucester's hopes of avoiding a fifth consecutive Premiership defeat.

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