Former Sharks centre Rudi Keil got a start for Gloucester in a night that will rank as one of his career highlights.
Keil, whose Sharks teams enjoyed little success, played in a Gloucester team that whipped an under-strength Leicester 34-16 as Gloucester moved to third on the Premiership.
Lardy Davids, former Springbok and Stormers lock, would not be able to reflect on the occasion with as much satisfaction. Davids still can’t crack the first team after starting in only three of the club’s 14 matches this season.
Gloucester won thanks to their own efforts and that of a Leicester team that self-destructed, especially veteran Austin Healey.
Gloucester, who trailed 3-0 early on, lead 13-6 at halftime before dominating the second half as the home team recorded a famous victory.
Tries: Bailey, Penalty try, Foster
Cons: Mercier 2
Pens: Mercier 5
Tries: Johnson, Taukafa
Pens: Humphreys 2
Gloucester: 15 Jon Goodridge, 14 James Bailey, 13 Rudi Keil, 12 Terry Fanolua, 11 Mark Foster, 10 Ludovic Mercier, 9 Peter Richards, 8 James Forrester, 7 James Merriman, 6 Jake Boer (capt), 5 Alex Brown, 4 Jonathan Pendlebury, 3 Gary Powell, 2 Rob Elloway, 1 Patrice Collazo. Subs: 16 James Parkes, 17 Nick Wood, 18 Adam Eustace, 19 Peter Buxton, 20 Adam Balding, 21 Simon Amor, 22 Brad Davies.
Leicester Tigers: 15 Sam Vesty, 14 Alex Tuilagi, 13 Leon Lloyd, 12 Ollie Smith, 11 Tom Varndell, 10 Ian Humphreys, 9 Austin Healey (c), 8 Will Johnson, 7 Brett Deacon, 6 Luke Abraham, 5 Ben Kay, 4 Louis Deacon, 3 Darren Morris, 2 Will Buckland, 1 Graham Rowntree. Subs: 16 Ephraim Taukafa, 17 Michael Holford, 18 James Hamilton, 19 Will Skinner, 20 Scott Bemand, 21 Ross Broadfoot, 22 Alex Dodge.