Leicester Tigers thumped Bristol 50-17 at Welford Road on Saturday in the Premiership, running in eight tries.%u200B
Bristol headed into this fixture desperate for the victory, knowing if Worcester got the win against Exeter it would set them further adrift at the foot of the table.
They started brightly with a penalty from Jason Woodward, who has been a revelation for them in recent weeks.
Tigers were quick to assert themselves on the game and scored the first try of the afternoon a few minutes later through Pat Cilliers; the South African finishing after a break from Owen Williams.
Williams continued to make his presence felt and crossed the whitewash himself shortly after. The young Welshman found a gap in the Bristol defence to dot down and converted his own score to give the Tigers a 12-3 lead.
The Tigers continued to ride the wave of momentum and scored their third try in the opening 25 minutes when Springbok JP Pietersen collected a cross field kick to dot down.
Aaron Mauger’s men were putting on a show for the Welford Road crowd and the bonus point was secured before the half hour mark; Telusa Veainu finishing off a lovely move.
It was exhibition rugby from the Tigers as they continued to put Bristol to the sword. Pietersen crossed for his second of the game to make it 31-3 to Leicester after half an hour.
Bristol gave themselves some hope on the half time whistle when veteran hooker Rob Hawkins powered over, Woodward’s conversion cutting Tigers’ lead to 31-10 at the break.
Leicester continued their dominance into the second half with another try. Tusi Pisi’s kick was charged down by Brendan O’Connor and the kiwi finished off the score.
Tigers lead grew even further when Adam Thompstone crossed after a dancing run from Veainu set him free. Bristol never looked like getting back into the game and their misery was compounded further with Leicester’s eighth try courtesy of Greg Bateman; Williams conversion taking them to 50 points.
Straight from kick-off, Bristol looked to restore some pride and grabbed their second try through replacement prop Jamal Ford-Robinson.
The win for Leicester sees them climb further up the table after last weeks victory against Gloucester. Bristol left Welford Road with northing to show for their efforts, and a late bonus point for Worcester leave them further adrift.
For Leicester Tigers:
Tries: Cilliers, Williams, Pietersen 2, Veainu, Thompstone, O'Connor , Bateman
Cons: Williams 5
Tries: Hawkins, Ford-Robinson
Cons: Woodward 2
Leicester Tigers: 15 Telusa Veainu, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Jack Roberts, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Sam Harrison, 8 Luke Hamilton, 7 Brendon O’Connor, 6 Mike Williams, 5 Mike Fitzgerald, 4 Dom Barrow, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Tom Youngs (c), 1 Michele Rizzo
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Greg Bateman, 19 Tom Croft, 20 Harry Thacker, 21 Jono Kitto, 22 Mathew Tait, 23 Matt Smith
Bristol: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Jack Wallace, 13 Siale Piutau, 12 Tusi Pisi, 11 Thretton Palamo, 10 Adrian Jarvis, 9 Will Cliff, 8 Jordan Crane (c), 7 Jack Lam, 6 Mitch Eadie, 5 Mark Sorenson, 4 Dan Tuohy, 3 Gaston Cortes, 2 Rob Hawkins, 1 Ryan Bevington
Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Jack O’Connell, 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19 James Phillips, 20 Sam Jeffries, 21 Alby Mathewson, 22 Gavin Henson, 23 Will Hurrell
Referee: Thomas Foley
Assistant Referees: Andrew Jackson, Hamish Smales
TMO: David Sainsbury