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Second-half scores secure the points at Welford Road

Leicester Tigers scored a vital Aviva Premiership win with a 33-18 triumph over Harlequins at Welford Road on Saturday.

Quins were making their 100th visit to Welford Road, dating back to 1895, and looking for a first win on Tigers turf since November 2013.

They got off to a flying start with a try in the opening moments of the Round 15 fixture, only for Matt Toomua to push Tigers in front with a couple of penalties.

Quins took the lead again at the start of the second half with a try from Luke Wallace before Toomua crafted a fine solo try to put the home side’s noses back in front.

Graham Kitchener added a second just moments later, though a score from Quins kept it tight until Toomua added a late penalty to put some daylight between the teams and then finally Adam Thompstone added a third try with the clock already beyond 80 minutes.

In team news announced on Friday, Tigers brought Gareth Owen and Jonah Holmes into the backline, with Toomua at fly-half.

Tigers had won the three most recent meetings of the teams, including the Round 4 clash in September at The Stoop when Greg Bateman, Telusa Veainu and Jonny May were on the scoresheet. George Ford also kicked 16 points in a 31-28 victory.

Quins fly-half Marcus Smith got the game under way and the visitors had a dream start with a try inside three minutes from wing Alofa Alofa.

Tigers lost possession with a knock-on in the centre of the pitch and Quins moved quickly to the right where Alofa was able to run in. Fly-half Smith missed the kick but Quins had a five-point advantage.

The crowd may have been uneasy after three home defeats in the league already this season but they were quickly on their feet after a break by Manu Tuilagi from inside the Tigers half and then a blockbusting run from prop Bateman, who scored such a fine solo try in the reverse fixture at The Stoop earlier in the season.

Bateman’s break did bring a penalty, but Toomua struck the inside of the post and saw the ball drop forwards for Aaron Morris to clear to touch.

A second opportunity followed almost immediately with Kyle Sinckler penalised and this time Toomua knocked over the three-pointer.

Toomua was heavily involved in the next attack, grubbing a kick in behind the Quins defence and, although Morris gathered, he was hit by Thompstone on the kickchase and had to dot down behind his own tryline.

From the scrum, Tuilagi almost carried possession and the defender back over the line but then Tom Youngs was held up. Referee Wayne Barnes was already playing advantage, however, and play restarted with a penalty in favour of the home team.

Toomua took the kick from just to the right of the posts and put Tigers 6-5 in front with 18 minutes played

Quins prop Lewis Boyce, who had received physio attention on a couple of occasions in the opening 20 minutes, was replaced by Mark Lambert as the visitors had put-in at a scrum on halfway but referee Barnes blew for a free-kick in Tigers' favour.

From the re-set scrum, Tigers looked to make a breakthrough in midfield but Jamie Roberts forced a knock-on as he caught up with Tuilagi.

Mike Williams then produced a vital tackle around the ankles of Morris just as a gap opened on the edge of the Tigers 22. But the home side were forced  on to the defensive for several minutes with Toomua and Tuilagi prominent in shutting out the Quins attack.

Holmes had a first sniff of an opportunity on the left touchline, but just couldn’t get a clean hold of a cheeky kick from Veainu.

Quins quickly turned defence into attack with Roberts making the break, though the crowd felt a pass from Luke Wallace on the left had gone forward before Owen made a try-saving tackle on Sinckler, rolling the prop on to his back as he crossed the tryline.

Play restarted with a five-metre scrum and Quins were rewarded with a penalty which Smith put through the posts for an 8-6 advantage with eight minutes remaining in the half.

A run from Brendon O’Connor on the right flank had Tigers on the attack again but the chance was lost in the midfield and Quins were able to clear after being awarded a penalty at the breakdown.

The high tempo continued as Smith was caught as he tried to run out from his own 22, and then a hit from Tuilagi forced a handling error near to the touchline which kept Tigers in visitors’ territory.

Tigers put together some impressive phases thanks to quick clears and a number of forceful carries near the Quins line but still they could not find the breakthrough, though fly-half Smith was sent to the sin bin as he intercepted a pass just in front of his own line.

Toomua kicked the resulting penalty to put Tigers 9-8 in front at half-time.

With no changes to the line-ups at half-time Tigers got the second period under way with a kick deep into Quins territory, but Morris and then Tim Visser made runs to get 14-man Quins on the attack before Tigers forced a knock-on from Sinckler.

A high tackle on Tuilagi brought a penalty which Toomua pushed down the right touchline, only for Tigers to lose the ball in contact after the lineout.

Quins enjoyed multiple phases in possession, keeping the ball moving and finally claiming the score through Wallace in the right-hand corner. Smith was back on the field in time to take the conversion but he was unable to add the two points.

Tom Youngs, who made been a key defender for Tigers, made way for Tatafu Polota-Nau as the game restarted with Quins 13-9 in front on 50 minutes.

Carries from front-row duo Bateman and Logo Mulipola got Tigers into the Quins 22, but another spilled ball ended the pressure before Mike Fitzgerald managed to charge down a clearing kick. A home penalty followed as Tigers searched for the breakthrough but, despite setting up a lineout drive, they were held out and Quins managed to rip ball free just five metres from their own tryline.

A home try finally came on 59 minutes with a superb piece of individual skill from Toomua, showing a perfect dummy on the edge of the 22 and bursting through the gap to score his second of the season. The Australian added the conversion for a 16-13 lead.

More followed as Toomua continued to pull the strings with a chip in behind the defence and, when the favourable bounce was grabbed by Kalamafoni, his forward colleague Kitchener arrived to to score, rolling over the line from close range. The conversion stretched the lead to 23-13.

The home crowd increased the noise as the team upped the tempo, and a massive cheer greeted the work at a breakdown which led to a penalty on halfway.

But after the lineout drill allowed Tigers to spread play on the left, ball fell loose once more and Quins cleared from their scrum put-in.

The visitors won a scrum penalty on halfway and Smith kicked out on the left, though Thompstone made a valiant effort to keep the ball in, slapping it against official Luke Pearce, it was still a Quins throw and they made it count as lock Charlie Matthews scored from the drive to the corner.

Smith was wayward with his conversion attempt as the Tigers lead was cut to 23-18 as the game entered its last 10 minutes.

Another handling error in attack gave Quins another opportunity to clear just as Tigers were building momentum. But the Tigers scrum produced a big heave and was rewarded with a penalty, which Toomua thumped through the posts to make it 26-18. Vitally, the kick pushed the hosts more than one score in front with just three minutes left on the clock.

Another penalty followed and this time Tigers went to the corner but, after a clean take, ball was lost. Quins were penned in near to their line, though, and paid the price when Thompstone coolly picked off a pass to intercept and run in unopposed. Toomua added the kick with the clock well past the 80-minute mark to seal the victory.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

LEI 9-8 HAR

FT ScoreFull Time Score

LEI 33-18 HAR

Attendance

23,647

Referee

Wayne Barnes

Match Stats

Leicester Tigers
Harlequins
Possession
47%
53%
Territory
51%
49%
Penalties Conceded
4
11
Yellow Cards
0
1
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
186/209 89%
166/182 91%
Scrums Won
5/5 100%
10/12 83%
Lineouts Won
12/12 100%
4/5 80%

Player Stats

Leicester Tigers
Harlequins
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Telusa Veainu
14Adam Thompstone1T
13Manu Tuilagi
12Gareth Owen
11Jonah Holmes
10Matt Toomua1T3C4P
9Sam Harrison
1Greg Bateman
2Tom Youngs
3Logovi'i Mulipola
4Michael Fitzgerald
5Graham Kitchener1T
6Mike Williams
7Brendon O'Connor
8Sione Kalamafoni
16Tatafu Polota-Nau
17Michele Rizzo
18Patrick Cilliers
19Harry Wells
20Luke Hamilton
21Harry Simmons
22Joe Ford
23Mathew Tait
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
33

Full Time

Harlequins
Harlequins
18
Leicester Tigers
P
P
P
T
C
T
C
P
T
C
KOHTFT
Harlequins
T
P
T
T

Commentary

80

Next home game

Tigers are back at Welford Road on Sunday, March 25 against Wasps. It's a 3pm kick-off and tickets are on general sale. See you then.

80

Thank you for your support

Tigers were roared to victory by a fantastic crowd of 23,647. Thank you to all of the Tigers Family for your support, wherever you were following the game.

All over at Welford Road

Tigers return to winning ways, scoring three second-half tries through Toomua, Kitchener and Thompstone to beat Harlequins 33-18.

Last kick conversion

Toomua adds the conversion with the last kick to put the icing on the cake. 

Try time for Tigers!

Quins are still in the hunt for two bonus points and trying to play from their own 22. But Adam Thompstone reads Dave Ward's pass and intercepts to score next to the posts.

Another knock-on

... however Tigers again knock-on, this time at the lineout, and the put-in goes to Quins. Harry Simmons comes on for Harrison.

77

Another penalty for Tigers

Tigers win another penalty on the Quins 22. This time Toomua is going to the corner ...

Tigers extend their lead

Toomua lands the penalty and Tigers lead by more than a score with four minutes remaining.

74

Huge scrum for Tigers

The Tigers pack drives Quins off their ball and wins the penalty. Toomua opts for the posts ...

Knock-ons hurting Tigers

Toomua is pulling the strings and moving Tigers around the pitch. But another knock-on, this time from Wells, sees the attack end. Bateman gets a huge ovation as he comes off for Michele Rizzo.

72

Stop in play

After another hectic period in the game there is a stop in play as players on each side get running repairs. Play will restart with a Tigers penalty on halfway after Wallace cleared out from in front of the ruck.

Quins are back in it

Quins drag themselves back into the game with a third try. Tigers cannot defend the lineout drive and Matthews finishes. Tigers lead 23-18.

68

Smiles from the officials

Luke Pearce smiles as Thompstone attempts to keep Smith's penalty in play, the ball going out off the assistant. But it had already crossed the plane.

Replacements for both sides

Mat Tait on for Owen for Tigers. Gabriel Ibitoye on for Visser for Quins.

Forwards replacements

Pat Cilliers and Harry Wells on for Logovi'i Mulipola and Mike Fitzgerald.

64

Sione swoops for Tigers

Tiiigggeeerrrsss rings round the stadium as Kalamafoni wins a holding-on penalty on halfway. Toomua puts it into the Quins 22.

Try converted

Toomua converts the score, and from being behind less than five minutes ago Tigers now lead by 10 points.

It's two in two minutes!

Welford Road is roaring now as Tigers make it two tries in two minutes. Toomua's kick bounces perfectly for Sione Kalamafoni, Kitchener follows up and forces his way over.

Toomua converts

Toomua converts his own try to huge relief around Welford Road. It puts Tigers 16-13 ahead.

Try time for Toomua

Tigers have their first try and it's Toomua. Tigers keep possession, work the Quins defence and Toomua shows his class by ghosting through a gap 25m out to score by the posts. Lovely try.

Change in the back row

Luke Hamilton is on in place of Mike Williams.

55

Tigers knock-on

... Tigers set up the drive, but they cannot control the ball and it is lost forward. Scrum to Quins 5m from their line.

54

Tigers respond

Tigers go through the phases and look to have made a berak with Mike Fitzgerald, but he was stripped. Kitchener blocks the clearance and Tigers win the penalty. Toomua puts it to the corner ...

First Tigers replacement

Tatafu Polota-Nau comes on for the skipper Youngs.

Quins score a second try

Quins show plenty of patience to put together more than 20 phases of possession. It ends with Luke Wallace diving for the corner where Holmes makes the tackle but cannot stop him dotting down. Smith, back on from his yellow card, misses the conversion. Quins lead 13-9.

43

Tigers hold firm

Tigers force Sinckler into the knock-on and Tuilagi is taken out by a high tackle by Visser. But Tigers knock-on themselves as they try to attack again from the resulting lineout.

42

End-to-end

It's a hectic start to the second half as Quins attack from deep, Tigers counter attack and Quins come back again. They have it now in the Leicester 22.

40

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY!

We're back for the second-half action at Welford Road. 

Tigers lead at the break

Tigers hold a one-point lead at half-time thanks to three Toomu penalties. Quins have the only try of the game through Alofa early on. Quins will start the second half a man down with Morris in the sin bin.

39

Turnover ball

Tigers turnover Sinckler and Veainu kicks into the Quins 22. Holmes makes the chase and pins Morris, but Quins team-mates get to him to secure the ball.

Tigers lead again

Toomua takes the simple three points and punishes Quins further. Tigers lead 9-8 with Smith in the bin and a couple of minutes to half-time.

Quins down to 14 men

Tigers hammer away at the Quins line and go close numerous times. Tigers work an overlap, Smith flies up and intercepts but is called offside by referee Barnes. He see yellow.

33

Tigers pinged again

Brendon O'Connor makes yards down the right, but Youngs is pinged for holding on at the next phase and Quins ease the pressure.

Quins lead again

The first penalty of the game against Tigers, and it comes at a scrum on their 5m line. Smith kicks it to move the visitors 8-6 ahead.

30

Super defence from Owen

Tigers somehow keep Quins out as they break the length of the field through Roberts. They keep it alive and Sinckler looks set to score but Owen makes the tackle and wraps him up over the line.

28

Relief for Quins

Veainu slides a delicate grubber through that stays infield for Holmes. Kitto plays the ball on the floor but referee Wayne Barnes rules Holmes had knocked on.

25

Scrappy and tense

There is a lot of tension around Welford Road and it is reflected on the pitch, where handling errors are preventing either team find their rhythm.

Quins replacement

Lewis Boyce, the young Quins prop, comes off after receiving treatment. Mark Lambert comes on.

Tigers take the lead

Toomua opts to kick for the posts, and nudges Tigers into a one-point lead.

17

Tigers turn up the heat

Tuilagi crashes onto the ball from the scrum but is stopped short. Charlie Matthews goes offside, Youngs claims the try but is held up. Play comes back for the penalty .. what will Tigers do?

15

Tenacious Thommo

Brilliant kick chase by Adam Thompstone catches Aarom Morris as he collects Toomua's wonderfully-weighted kick through. Thommo takes Morris over his own tryline. Tigers have the 5m scrum put-in.

Tigers are on the board

Toomua makes no mistake this time with his penalty and Tigers are on the scoreboard. They trail 5-3.

12

Another penalty Tigers

Tigers get the lineout drive moving, when it goes to ground Kyle Sinckler fails to roll and Toomua has another kick at goal from a similar angle on the right ...

10

Bateman on the hoof

Bateman almost recreates his try from earlier in the season at Quins. He flies through a gap into the Quins 22 and is stopped by last-man Jono Kitto. It all started on the Tigers 22, where Toomua's pass cuts out Joe Marchant and Manu Tuilagi made 30m down the left.

7

Good Tigers defence

Tigers stand up well in defence on midfield, and force Smith to kick to his wing. Tim Visser knocks on and Tigers have the put in.

4

Missed conversion

There is concern for Veainu, who receives treatment after trying to make the tackle. But he is okay as Marcus Smith kicks his conversion across the posts. It stays 5-0 to Quins.

Early try for Quins

Quins strike first. Jamie Roberts fixes last man Holmes down the left and finds Alofa Alofa, who dives in at the corner.

0

Penalty miss

Toomua strikes a post with his first kick at goal, and Quins gather. Lineout to Tigers on the Quins 22.

We're off

Harlequins get the game underway, with Tigers attacking the Robin Hood Stand end of the ground.

0

And here come the Tigers

Led out by Tom Youngs, the Tigers receive a massive roar from another huge Welford Road crowd. Come on you Tigers boys!

0

Here come Quins

This afternoon's visitors from Harlequins are first out, led by their back-rower Dave Ward

0

Two minute warning

Charge your glasses, get the snacks in, we're two minutes away from kick off at Welford Road.

0

Spire Man of the Match voting

Don’t forget you can vote for your Spire Man of the Match, exclusively through the Official Tigers App. Voting opens at half-time and closes a minute before full-time #LEIvHAR

0

News from the academy

The academy today secured top spot in the Northern Conference of the U18 Academy League with a 47-7 victory over Newcastle Falcons. Well done boys.

0

Weather update

We've had a bit of everything so far, but the rain shower of 30 minutes ago have moved on and Welford Road is currently bathed in weak February sunshine. Ideal rugby conditions, some might say!

0

Home sweet home

Welcome back to Welford Road for this Aviva Premiership Round 15 clash with Harlequins. It's a huge one for both teams!


Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Aaron Morris
14
Alofa Alofa
13
Joe Marchant
12
Jamie Roberts
11
Tim Visser
10
Marcus Smith
9
1
Lewis Boyce
2
Joe Gray
3
Kyle Sinckler
4
Stan South
5
Charlie Matthews
6
Luke Wallace
7
Dave Ward
8
James Chisholm

Subs

16
Charlie Piper
17
Mark Lambert
18
Will Collier
19
Sam Twomey
20
Archie White
21
Dave Lewis
22
James Lang
23
Gabriel Ibitoye

Matchday guide: Tigers versus Harlequins

Leicester Tigers return to Welford Road on Saturday for an Aviva Premiership Round 15 fixture against Harlequins. Kick-off is at 3.00pm. Here is our matchday guide to what’s in store for supporters:

Team news is announced at noon on Friday via the Tigers club website and official social media pages, and look out for the match preview on the website ahead of the game.

The Junior Tigers Club, with activities for young supporters and an opportunity to run out in front of a big crowd as a matchday mascot or Tiger Cub, is open for two hours ahead of kick-off for every home game in the Final Whistle area of the Holland & Barrett Stand and there will be a player appearance in the approach to kick-off.

JTC membership is free to under-16s and you can sign up your youngster now by clicking here.

All turnstiles, stadium bars and food kiosks open at 1.30pm.

Increased bag searches are in place at the turnstiles in accordance with ground regulations. Supporters are encouraged not to bring bags to the stadium but, if you do, please allow extra time to get through your turnstile and into your place ahead of kick-off.

The SwipeStation ‘click and collect’ service is rolled out across the stadium this week with units in Final Whistle, the lower concourse of the Holland & Barrett Stand, The Robin Hood Stand and in the Mattioli Woods Stand to reduce waiting times for drinks and food service.

Anyone who uses SwipeStation at Saturday's match will be entered into a prize draw to win two places in the Centerplate executive box for the match against Newcastle Falcons on Friday, April 27 in the final home game of the season.

Ahead of the game, download the SwipeStation App on your phone and you will be able to order in advance at any time and collect your drinks from the fast lane at the bars. For full details, click here.

Glass return points are available in the bars as well as in extra points around the stadium.

Also, download the Tigers app on to your phone and you can use the Big Screen function to submit photos of your day at Welford Road. A selection of the best will be added to the gallery on stadium screens during the afternoon.

Supporters can vote for the Spire Man of the Match using the Tigers app during the second half of the game and one lucky season ticket holder will have the chance to make the presentation to the winning player after the final whistle. Click here for more details – and don’t forget to download the app now or update to the latest version.

Home and away replica kits, the training range, Welford Road 125 edition and souvenirs are available in store at Welford Road. The Club Store in the Holland & Barrett Stand is open all day, with the second store in the Robin Hood Stand open and extra units inside the stadium open on matchdays. The main store will also remain open after the game.

The 100-page matchday programme includes interviews with Tigers’ Under-20s internationals and a celebration of Tom Crumbie who was born 150 years ago this month. The programme costs £3 and is available throughout the stadium.

Fan Radio sets – allowing supporters to listen to the referee microphone and/or commentary – are available in the Club Shop, ticket office and around the ground. These sets work at all Aviva Premiership grounds. If you have a Fan Radio from last season it will still work throughout 2017/18.

On Saturday, Tigers welcome members of the uniformed and armed services as part of a special day at Welford Road. We will be joined pre-match on the plaza by the Police Crime Prevention team, the Fire Service and Armed Forces vehicles as well as representatives of De Montfort University promoting the annual varsity match.  

Half-time entertainment includes two teams going head to head in The Ultimate Big Boot – both trying to top the season’s best score set by Old Laurentians RFC – and there will be a special edition of the Big Boot featuring a group of season ticket holders and a team from De Montfort University.

We’ll reveal the name of the latest Lumbers Player of the Month, present a season ticket holder with the value of their ticket in their TigersLotto draw and there is also a special Tigers academy presentation.

After the game, supporters can enjoy live music in Final Whistle with resident band Rock Bottom.

Also, if you want to follow Tigers on the road in the remaining months of the season, you can book a place on the Away Supporters Club trips with John Griffiths in Final Whistle after Saturday’s game.

Match tickets are still available at the Tigers ticket office. Book in person, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2)(open 9.00am-5.00pm Monday-Saturday) or online any time.

Using the Buybacks Scheme, Tigers Season Ticket Holders can release their tickets for sale to the general publuc if they are unable to attend a game. If your ticket is successfully sold then you will get the pro rata cost of your season ticket refunded back to your Leicester Tigers account the next working day after the game. You will then be able to refund the amount back to your credit/debit card.

There is a print-at-home option for all tickets bought online. Or, if you are picking up any pre-paid match tickets on your way to the game, the Collection Point is based on the plaza outside main reception.

The ticket office will be open from 9.00am for sales of match tickets to the final home game of the season too, against Newcastle Falcons on Friday, April 27. Sales will be open to season ticket holders requiring extra tickets for friends and family, and to members during a priority window before general sales to all other supporters open next Friday.

Season ticket renewals for 2018/19 are also available now.

If you are attending Saturday’s game, don't forget to click 'Going' on the Tigers Facebook page.

Official matchday bus services run by Centrebus are in operation on routes from Market Bosworth, Market Harborough and Oakham. For full details, including timetable, click here.

As Leicester College hosts its Open Day this Saturday, please allow some extra time for your journey or to find parking. or use the matchday bus service. 

For any season ticket holders unable to attend Saturday’s match but who want to forward their ticket to friends or family, The Hub is active at hub.leicestertigers.com. For further details, click here

If you are unable to join us at Welford Road, you can follow all of the action throughout the day on the club website and social media, and there is full text commentary using the Matchday Live function on the app.

Team news: Tigers versus Harlequins

Tigers include Jonah Holmes on the wing for the Round 15 game against Harlequins this weekend
Tigers include Jonah Holmes on the wing for the Round 15 game against Harlequins this weekend

Gareth Owen and Jonah Holmes have been called into the Leicester Tigers line-up for Saturday’s home game against Harlequins in Round 15 of the Aviva Premiership season.

They are the only two changes to the team that started at Gloucester last weekend with Owen coming into the midfield while Holmes – who has six tries in six appearances this season – is on the wing with Nick Malouf sidelined this week.

Matt Toomua moves to fly-half with Owen partnering Manu Tuilagi at centre.

In the only other change to the squad from last weekend, prop Michele Rizzo is handed a place among the replacements alongside fellow international front-rowers Tatafu Polota-Nau and Pat Cilliers.

Head coach Matt O’Connor said: “It’s our first home game in the Aviva Premiership for a long while and it’s a big game for both teams. 

“The focus is good, the buy-in from the players is good, the effort is good, but we need a big performance at home.”

Match tickets are still available. Book in person at Welford Road, phone the ticket office on 0116 319 8888 or book online at www.leicestertigers.com/matchtickets

Leicester Tigers (v Harlequins, Welford Road, Saturday 3.00pm)

15 Telusa Veainu       

14 Adam Thompstone

13 Manu Tuilagi         

12 Gareth Owen        

11 Jonah Holmes       

10 Matt Toomua        

9 Sam Harrison

1 Greg Bateman

2 Tom Youngs (c)      

3 Logovi’i Mulipola     

4 Mike Fitzgerald

5 Graham Kitchener

6 Mike Williams

7 Brendon O’Connor

8 Sione Kalamafoni   

Replacements

16 Tatafu Polota-Nau

17 Michele Rizzo       

18 Pat Cilliers 

19 Harry Wells

20 Luke Hamilton       

21 Harry Simmons

22 Joe Ford

23 Mathew Tait  

Harlequins: 15 Aaron Morris, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Jonno Kitto; 1 Lewis Boyce, 2 Joe Gray, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Stan South, 5 Charlie Matthews, 6 Luke Wallace, 7 Dave Ward (c), 8 James Chisholm
Replacements: 16 Charlie Piper, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 Will Collier, 19 Sam Twomey, 20 Archie White, 21 Dave Lewis, 22 James Lang, 23 Gabriel Ibitoye

Preview: Tigers versus Harlequins this Saturday

Leicester Tigers welcome Harlequins for their 100th visit to Welford Road – a run dating back to 1895 – on Saturday afternoon.

In 99 previous visits, Quins have 33 wins – their most recent in November 2013 – as well as five draws and 61 wins for Tigers.

The teams meet in Round 15 of the Aviva Premiership season with both chasing the points to keep in touch in the race for places in the knockout stages. Tigers are eighth on 33 points, one place and one point above Saturday’s visitors, though just eight points separate the five teams immediately above them.

Looking ahead to the game, Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor said: “Both teams have a lot to play for and the stakes are really high for this far out from the end of the season.

“We were disappointed not to get more at Gloucester last week and Quins will be hurting after a big defeat against Wasps. But we have a lot to play for. We are focused on the things we can control and we’re working as hard as we can to put in a big performance in front of our supporters at Welford Road.”

Watch an LTTV preview from skipper Tom Youngs by clicking here.

Tigers have won the last three meetings of the teams, including the Round 4 meeting in September at The Twickenham Stoop when Greg Bateman, Telusa Veainu and Jonny May were on the scoresheet. George Ford also kicked 16 points in a 31-28 victory. Click here for a full report on that encounter.

In team news announced on Friday, Tigers call Gareth Owen and Jonah Holmes into the backline while Michele Rizzo is recalled to the matchday 23. Graham Rowntree returns to Welford Road as a member of the Quins coaching team and former Tigers scrum-half Jono Kitto is included in the starting line-up.

Premiership Rugby’s most experienced referee, Wayne Barnes, is in charge on Saturday, in his 194th league fixture.

Kick-off is at 3.00pm and tickets are still available from the Tigers ticket office which is open until 5.00pm Friday and from 9.00 am on matchday. Book in person or phone 0116 319 8888, or book online any time.

If you are unable to attend the game, you can keep up with all of the action using the Matchday Live service on the Tigers website and app.

Click here for a full matchday guide to what’s in store.

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Form Guide
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Beat Chiefs 28-26
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