Bonus-point win for Leicester

Date published: October 8 2016

Leicester bounced back from last week's loss at Sale by beating Worcester 34-13 with a bonus-point at Welford Road on Saturday.

A fine first-half saw Leicester on their way to a bonus-point win which sees them further cement their place in the top four of the Premiership.

The Warriors came out battling in the second-half, but saw their wait for a win at Leicester extended to 121 years, seeing themselves unable to leave the bottom three of the division.

The first-half was a one way affair with Leicester dominating possession, chances, and the scoreline. They started the tally kicking with an Owen Williams penalty following a high tackle inside the Warriors' 22.

Midway through the half, another Williams penalty doubled the hosts' lead from 35 metres out following a scrum.

But, with Worcester only a converted try from taking the lead, Leicester knew they could not afford to slack and they made their opponents pay for a sluggish start.

Ellis Genge made up metres with a good run before working the ball to Tom Brady who crossed the whitewash with Williams keeping up his kicking record, this time from the tee.

Leicester ended the first-half as they had played for the majority of it, looking superior to their opponents in every way.

Telusa Veainu beat off multiple backs with a decisive run before going over to score a superb try. Williams made no mistake once more and Leicester went into the break 20 points up without reply.

If Leicester thought they had won the game in the first-half alone though, they had some thinking to do, with successive Ryan Lamb penalties at the beginning of the half handing the visitors a lifeline.

The comeback was somewhat short lived as Logovi’i Mulipola went over after a ruck close to the try line with Williams once again converting.

With 10 minutes to go, Worcester got a consolation try, Jaba Bregvadze the man going over to raise some cheers in the away end on a largely underwhelming afternoon from their side with Lamb converting.

The cheers in the home end were much louder moments after as Graham Kitchener went over for the bonus point from the ruck. Unsurprisingly, Williams added the extras to cap a wonderful game for the hosts.

The scorers:

For Leicester:
Tries: Brady, Veainu, Mulipola, Kitchener
Cons: Williams 4
Pens: Williams 2

For Worcester:
Try: Bregvadze
Con: Lamb
Pens: Lamb 2

Leicester Tigers: 15 Telusa Veainu, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Peter Betham, 12 Mathew Tait, 11 Tom Brady, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Jono Kitto, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 Brendon O’Connor, 6 Mike Williams, 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Dom Barrow, 3 Greg Bateman, 2 Tom Youngs (c), 1 Ellis Genge
Replacements: 16 Harry Thacker, 17 Marcos Ayerza, 18 Logovi’i Mulipola, 19 Mike Fitzgerald, 20 Will Evans, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Jack Roberts, 23 Matt Smith

Worcester Warriors: 15 Jamie Shillcock, 14 Dean Hammond, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Jackson Willison, 11 Perry Humphreys, 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Jonny Arr, 8 Phil Dowson (c), 7 Carl Kirwan, 6 Alafoti Faosiliva, 5 Darren Barry, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Val Rapava Ruskin
Replacements: 16 Matti Williams, 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga, 18 James Johnston, 19 Christian Scotland-Williamson, 20 Matt Cox, 21 Luke Baldwin, 22 Tom Heathcote, 23 Ben Te’o

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
Assistant Referees: Jack Makepeace, Roger Baileff
TMO: Keith Lewis