12 - 31HT 0 - 26

Welford Road
Att 17,815
Sat 03 Nov 18, 3:00pm

HIGHLIGHTS & REPORT | Leicester Tigers 12-31 Warriors

Warriors romped to their third successive victory at Welford Road with a blistering first half display which swept them to a fifth straight win in all competitions.

Warriors scored four of their five tries in the first half and although Leicester gave them a physical test in a more attritional and scrappy second period this was still another impressive performance from Alan Solomons’ side.

Solomons again opted to field a strong side for Warriors’ second match in the new Premiership Rugby Cup and the pace and confidence of their handling overwhelmed Leicester in the first 40 minutes.

Warriors had the bonus point wrapped up inside half-an-hour with over after just three minutes for his third try in two appearances at Welford Road which Duncan Weir converted.

Superb interplay between Weir, Chris Pennell and Perry Humphreys created the second try which Weir scored and converted and Warriors then produced two contenders for Try of the Season.

The first of them had unpromising origins as  Warriors looked in trouble when Weir was caught in possession five metres from his own line.

But the pack arrived in support and captain GJ van Velze drove to the 22. Pennell sustained ythe shortside attack and Francois Hougaard arrived at pace to sprint clear.

Warriors again turned defence into attack when Sam Lewis, also celebrating his 50th appearance, won a turnover close to his own line. Instead of taking the safe option, Warriors capitalised on Leicester’s lack of shape in defence.

Francois Venter made the initial break, Pennell, Humphreys and van Velze continued the attack before he off-loaded to Bryce Heem who supplied the finish to another stunning attack.

Weir added the extras which gave Warriors a 26 point advantage at the break. Having almost surrendered a handsome lead in the Premiership match here in September there was no chance that Warriors would ease off in the second half.

But Warriors had to work hard to stifle Leicester who were hard and physical and who kept their line intact until Hill set up Heem for his second try after 62 minutes.

Warriors had both locks, Darren Barry and Anton Bresler, in the sin bin for a while and Leicester’s persistence was eventually rewarded with tries for centre Gareth Owen and replacement back row forward Tommy Reffell, the second converted by fly-half Tom Hardwick.

Warriors brought on lock Andrew Kitchener as a replacement for van Velze which saw the Warriors youngster line up against his elder brother Graham, the Tigers lock who also began his career at Sixways, for the first time.

Despite late pressure Warriors could not quite muscle their way over for a sixth try but they became only the third side in the last 40 years to win on three consecutive visits to Welford Road joining Barbarians (1997-98) and Saracens (2010-11) in the exclusive club.

Warriors | 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Ollie Lawrence (Olivier 44), 12 Francois Venter, 11 Perry Humphreys, 10 Duncan Weir (Shillcock 67), 9 Francois Hougaard (Heaney 67), 1 Callum Black (Waller 53), 2 Jack Singleton (Annett 53), 3 Nick Schonert (Milasinovich 53-54 & 64), 4 Anton Bresler, 5 Darren Barry, 6 Ted Hill, 7 Sam Lewis (Cox 60), 8 GJ van Velze (c) (Kitchener 61).

16 Niall Annett
17 Ethan Waller
18 Gareth Milasinovich
19 Andrew Kitchener
20 Matt Cox
21 Michael Heaney
22 Jamie Shillcock
23 Wynand Olivier

3m | Hill try 0-5
4m | Weir con 0-7
7m | Weir try 0-12
8m | Weir con 0-14
15m | Hougaard try 0-19
28m | Heem try 0-24
29m | Weir con 0-26
58m | Owen try 5-26
62m | Heem try 5-31
64m | Reffell try 10-31
65m | Hardwick con 12-31




Competition: Premiership Rugby Cup
Venue: Welford Road
Referee: Hamish Smales
Game Type: Away
Fixture Round: 2
Attendance: 17,815
No. Name T C D P
15 George Worth
14 Jonah Holmes
13 Matt Smith
12 Gareth Owen 1T
11 Jordan Olowofela
10 Tom Hardwick 1C
9 Sam Harrison
1 Facundo Gigena
2 Jake Kerr
3 Joe Heyes
4 Will Spencer
5 Graham Kitchener
6 Tino Mapapalangi
7 Will Evans
8 Fred Tuilagi
16 Tatafu Polota-Nau
17 Campese Ma'afu
18 David Feao
19 Sam Lewis
20 Tommy Reffell 1T
21 Ben White
22 Joe Ford
23 Andy Forsyth