Planet Rugby

Leicester back to winning ways

19th November 2010 22:31

Share:

Billy Twelvetrees Leicester

Twelvetrees: Kicks Tigers to victory

An under-strength Leicester produced an efficient display to beat Aviva Premiership rivals Harlequins 18-13 at Welford Road and end a run of four straight defeats.

Shorn of a host of their international stars, the Tigers struggled to get going early on and were fortunate not to find themselves trailing by more than a couple of Nick Evans penalties.

Quins would pay for their profligacy as man-of-the-match Billy Twelvetrees led a Leicester revival, the young fly-half kicking three penlaties in each half to put his side on top.

The visitors did manage to secure a losing bonus point through Tom Williams' late converted try, but the Londoners will be left to rue a stack of missed opportunities as Leicester ground out a typically gritty home victory.

Without the services of no fewer than five props, Leicester were always likely to be up against it at the set-piece and their problems were exposed in the first minute.

Their front-row having disengaged at the scrum, Evans was presented with a penalty chance that he slotted to give the visitors the ideal start.

The Quins fly-half extended the lead with another penalty on 10 minutes after his kick, chase and tackle on the retreating James Grindal had given his side a platform with a line-out.

Quins continued to dominate the play, asking questions of Leicester's defence both up front and through their backs.

The subdued home crowd finally found their voices on 21 minutes after a rampaging run from powerful teenage wing Manu Tuilagi, who crashed through three tacklers before being stopped.

They were given something to cheer when veteran Julian White, making his first Premiership start of the season, got one over opposite number Ceri Jones at the scrum to earn Leicester a penalty that Twelvetrees kicked.

Quins then had a golden chance to make their supremacy pay following a fine break from number eight Tom Guest but, with options either side, his inside pass to Evans was somehow fumbled by the fly-half with a clear run to the line beckoning.

It was to prove costly as Twelvetrees brought his side level with his second penalty after Chris Robshaw was pinged and then edged them ahead at the interval, as he demonstrated his monster kicking range with a penalty from inside his own half that sailed well over the posts.

Further indiscipline from Quins was then to fatally undermine their hopes as they made an awful start to the second period, offering Twelvetrees three further shots at goal inside eight minutes that he gobbled up.

Robshaw was the first to be penalised for using hands in the ruck and just two minutes later Joe Gray was caught offside, allowing Twelvetrees to boom over another hugely impressive strike from inside his own half.

The Quins pack were again at fault soon after as they failed to move away and Twelvetrees, cheered on by the Tigers faithful, needed no second invitation to take aim at goal and open an 18-6 lead.

It could have been even worse for the visitors as James Johnson was pulled up by referee Wayne Barnes on 52 minutes, but Twelvetrees finally blotted his copybook by pulling his seventh attempt across the posts and just wide.

But bad news for the hosts arrived in the form of an injury to substitute Geoff Parling, the lock - who had only just returned from a neck problem - carried off with a serious-looking injury to his knee.

Quins regrouped and looked set for the score to get them back in the game and, having wasted a couple of promising situations, were left frustrated in the 76th minute as Mike Brown saw a try chalked off, correctly, for a forward pass.

They did finally breach the Leicester line with two minutes to go when Evans popped up a neat pass to Williams who scampered over out wide.

But while Evans slotted the conversion to bring them within five, their desperate last-ditch attempts to conjure a second try came to nothing as Leicester closed out the game.

The scorers:

For Leicester Tigers:
Pens: Twelvetrees 6

For Harlequins:
Try: Williams
Con: Evans
Pens: Evans 2

Leicester Tigers: 15 Geordan Murphy (c), 14 Scott Hamilton, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Manu Tuilagi, 10 Billy Twelvetrees, 9 James Grindal, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Craig Newby, 6 Thomas Waldrom, 5 George Skivington, 4 Ed Slater, 3 Julian White, 2 George Chuter, 1 Peter Bucknall.
Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins, 17 Fraser Balmain, 18 Ryan Bower, 19 Steve Mafi, 20 Geoff Parling, 21 Jason Spice, 22 George Ford, 23 Lee Robinson.

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 George Lowe, 13 Ollie Smith, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Tom Williams, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 Tom Guest, 7 Will Skinner, 6 Chris Robshaw (capt), 5 George Robson, 4 Tomas Vallejos, 3 James Johnston, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Ceri Jones.
Replacements: 16 Chris Brooker, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 John Andress, 19 Ollie Kohn, 20 Maurie Fa'asavalu, 21 Dave Moore, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Ross Chisholm.

Referee: Wayne Barnes

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 28
Bath vs Harlequins19:45
Saturday , November 29
Leicester Tigers vs Wasps15:00
Exeter vs Saracens16:30
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs Ulster19:35
Cardiff Blues vs Treviso19:35
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets19:30
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Lyon vs Montpellier18:00
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:00
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:00
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens 24 - 31 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton830
2Exeter828
3Bath828
4Saracens825
5Leicester Tigers821