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Report | Tigers win derby with Wasps

Leicester Tigers ended the regular league programme with a 20-10 victory over Wasps at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Saturday in Round 26 of the Gallagher Premiership season.

A try from Guy Porter just four minutes into the game looked like a platform for Tigers, but George Ford’s conversion were the final points of the opening half.

Wasps got on to the scoresheet with a penalty soon after half-tim,e but Freddie Steward provided a second try for the hosts and Ford added penalties each side of a score for the visitors to wrap up the win.

Tigers had already secured a place in the semi-finals – and a first home game in the knockouts since 2013 – ahead of kick-off as all six games in this round kicked off simultaneously at 3.00pm.

But, after leading the table since the first weekend of the season, Tigers were not yet assured of top seeding with Saracens just three points behind as they travelled to fifth-placed Gloucester in this round of fixtures.

Wasps, in their 50th trip to Welford Road stadium, were still chasing a win to secure Heineken Champions Cup qualification as they started the afternoon ninth in the league table.

Charlie Clare started in the Tigers front row in his 50th senior appearance for the club, while Calum Green, Harry Potter and Ben Youngs were added to the line-up that started the win at Newcastle last time out.

The Wasps line-up included Jimmy Gopperth, in his final appearance before a summer switch to Leicester, and Tigers Academy graduate Paolo Odogwu, while brothers Jack and Tom Willis linked up in the back row.

An early kick from Ford, chased by Harry Potter, created issues in the Wasps 22 and play stayed there as Tigers created an opening score for Porter.

A clearing kick from Dan Robson reached only to 25 metres and from the lineout, Porter burst through one tackle and clear to the line to dive in next to the posts. Ford’s conversion made it 7-0 with less than five minutes played.

Freddie Steward’s clever angled kick to the left put Wasps back to their own line and, although they won ball through Gaskell at the lineout, the clearing kick again reached only 20-odd metres and they needed a sacrum penalty on 11 minutes to finally exit their half of the field.

Porter broke the line again as he read a pass from ben Youngs from a set-piece free-kick, and Jasper Wiese and skipper Ellis Genge also tested the defence before Wasps responded with a 50-metre break from Josh Bassett on the left before Steward and Potter combined to stop the wing.

Matias Moroni reacted sharply to a break by Odogwu down the Wasps right, taking the wing into touch just 10 metres out from the tryline, then Chris Ashton’s defensive effort forced an error from the visitors on halfway. Tigers won a penalty too but then missed their lineout drill on the right and Jack Willis carried out.

Moroni was back on the ball to chip down the left and Potter carried Atkinson into touch but was penalised for the height of the tackle.

Another whistle followed at a lineout near halfway but Tigers read a lineout move to stall Wasps again, then reacted when Ford’s clearing kick was partially charged down, with play eventually restarting with a scrum to the visitors midway inside their rivals’ half.

Robson claimed a testing kick from Ford, with Potter closing in, but the fly-half’s next effort bounced beyond the deadball line in the left-hand corner, bringing play all the way back into the Tigers half of the field as the clock ticked towards the last seven minutes of the half.

Wiese’s break off the back of a turnover had Wasps scrambling,  but after Liebenberg and Potter combined on the left, Ollie Chessum was tackled 10 metres from the tryline and Odogwu managed to steal ball on the floor.

A scrappy spell brought another whistle, this time against Tigers at a lineout on the Wasps 10-metre line, but a dangerous break by Odogwu through the middle was met by strong defence and ball fell loose from Sam Spink as Porter made the tackle.

After more than half an hour at 7-0, Tigers were awarded a penalty as Genge carried in attack and Ford called for the tee, but pushed the kick wide of the right-hand post.

When Wasps broke out for one final break, a pass from Ali Crossdale floated behind Odogwu who had plenty of clear space in front of him as the first half closed with Tigers still those seven points in front.

The second half started with Robson’s chip ahead causing some problems at the Tigers end, and a penalty following despite some robust defence led by Moroni,

Chessum stole lineout ball on his own five-metre line, though, and then stepped in again with a tackle on full-back Crossdale as play remained in the Tigers 22.

More defensive sets followed, with Wasps being pushed backwards, but a penalty award gave Gopperth the chance to get points on the board with 48 minutes played  and he judged the kick well to make it 7-3.

Wasps almost created a score on the right as Oghre led the charge and, even as Bassett slipped in possession, he kept ball alive and the hooker was in the corner to pressure Ford into touch.

The visitors set up their lineout drive but were stopped fractions short and when ball was wrapped up, Tigers were handed scrum put-in.

As Ford cleared his lines, Odogwu fumbled the kick into touch but Wasps stole the lineout possession and the chance to build in attack was gone.

Youngs was replaced by Jack van Poortvliet on 58 minutes with Tigers playing from a lineout on the left and carries from Genge and George Martin taking play deep into Wasps territory. When they were penalised, Ford pushed play into the right corner and it almost brought a try for Moroni.

Referee Craig Maxwell-Keys, though, spotted he had been held up over the tryline by Atkinson and play came back for a penalty from the initial forward drive to the line, 10 metres to the right of the posts.

Ford went for more of the same and Tigers were rewarded for their patience and persistence when Ford combined with Moroni to put Steward in to score in the corner. The touchline conversion made it 14-3 on 64 minutes.

Steward almost had a second just moments later as he chased a chip in behind the defence but Malakai Fekitoa just reached out first to dot down.

Ford added to the lead with a penalty as Tigers enjoyed a lengthy spell of possession, but Wasps replied with their opening try, Alfie Barbeary offloading for scrum-half Will Porter to run in on the left and Atkinson’s conversion brought the score back to 17-10 with 10 minutes left in the visitors’ season.

Nemani Nadolo’s first contribution resulted in a penalty and Ford took the lead into double figures again with just seven minutes left on the clock.

Ford turned down another shot at goal when Wasps were penalised in a central position to take play to the right once more, but Vaea Fifita managed to deflect the lineout throw and Miller kicked clear.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

LEI 7-0 WAS

FT ScoreFull Time Score

LEI 20-10 WAS

Attendance

21,722

Referee

Craig Maxwell-Keys

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
20

Full Time

Wasps
Wasps
10
Leicester Tigers
T
C
T
C
P
P
KOHTFT
Wasps
P
T
C

Match Stats

Leicester Tigers
Wasps
Possession
45%
55%
Territory
54%
46%
Penalties Conceded
6
11
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
134/164 82%
85/105 81%
Scrums Won
4/5 80%
5/5 100%
Lineouts Won
17/21 81%
8/9 89%

Player Stats

Leicester Tigers
Wasps
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Freddie Steward1T
14Chris Ashton
13Matias Moroni
12Guy Porter1T
11Harry Potter
10George Ford2C2P
9Ben Youngs
1Ellis Genge
2Charlie Clare
3Dan Cole
4Ollie Chessum
5Calum Green
6George Martin
7Hanro Liebenberg
8Jasper Wiese
16Tom Cowan-Dickie
17Nephi Leatigaga
18Will Hurd
19Harry Wells
20Tommy Reffell
21Jack van Poortvliet
22Freddie Burns
23Nemani Nadolo

Commentary

Tigers win 20-10 and will finish the league programme on top of the table. Tries from Porter and Steward.

Penalty from Ford on 73mins gives Tigers a 20-10 lead.

Atkinson converts the try to make it 17-10 on 70mins, Tigers lead by 7.

Quick response from Wasps who break free on the left and Will Porter has scored the try. 17-8 to Tigers on 70mins

Penalty from Ford as Tigers keep Wasps pinned back. He makes it 17-3 on 67mins

Ford adds excellent conversion from the right touchline to make it 14-3 on 64mins.

TRY for Freddie Steward. Tigers stay patient in attack and Ford combines with Moroni to put the ball-back in on the right. It's 12-3.

60

Moroni held up over the line by Atkinson but Tigers have a penalty in the corner.

53

Wasps almost in on the right from a break by Oghre, then have a lineout drive stopped just short of the tryline. Tigers still lead 7-3.

48min | Penalty from Gopperth gets Wasps points on the board. Tigers lead 7-3.

41

Back out for the second half, Tigers 7-0 in front.

HALF-TIME

Tigers lead 7-0 thanks to an early try from Guy Porter converted by George Ford.

39

An escape as Wasps break out with Crossdale but his pass floats beyond Odogwu in space on the right touchline.

39

Ford penalty from 30 metres-plus is wide of the posts, still 7-0 on 39mins.

33

Break by Wiese, Liebenberg and Potter, but Wasps get back to stop Chessum 10 metres from the tryline.  Then Odogwu makes a big break at the other end but Tigers' defence forces the error. Still 7-0.

20

Midway through the first half and it is still 7-0 to Tigers after try from Porter. Good start from Tigers but Wasps have had a better spell in last 10 minutes. 

George Ford adds the conversion from try by Porter. Tigers lead 7-0.

4min | Guy Porter breaks the defensive line from Tigers lineout ball and has the try. 

Rain falls just before the teams emerge. It’s time for kick-off, with Wasps 10 Charlie Atkinson to get the game started. Tigers are playing right to left as we look from the dugouts, running towards the Beehive Money Stand.

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WEATHER CHECK

It has been warm and overcast for most of the day, but it is dry, with a stiff breeze as we approach kick-off.

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TODAY’S OPPOSITION

Wasps: 15 Ali Crossdale, 14 Paolo Odogwu, 13 Sam Spink, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Charlie Atkinson, 9 Dan Robson, 1 Tom West, 2 Gabriel Oghre, 3 Biyi Alo, 4 Joe Launchbury (c), 5 James Gaskell, 6 Brad Shields, 7 Jack Willis, 8 Tom Willis

Replacements: 16 Dan Frost, 17 Robin Hislop, 18 Elliot Millar-Mills, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Alfie Barbeary, 21 Will Porter, 22 Rob Miller, 23 Malakai Fekitoa

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HOW TIGERS LINE-UP

STARTING XV: 15 Freddie Steward [53], 14 Chris Ashton [10], 13 Matías Moroni [33], 12 Guy Porter [42], 11 Harry Potter [38], 10 George Ford [126], 9 Ben Youngs [279]; 1 Ellis Genge (c) [108], 2 Charlie Clare [49], 3 Dan Cole [287], 4 Ollie Chessum [28], 5 Calum Green [88], 6 George Martin [36], 7 Hanro Liebenberg [56], 8 Jasper Wiese [42]

REPLACEMENTS: 16 Tom Cowan-Dickie [8], 17 Nephi Leatigaga [65], 18 Will Hurd [7], 19 Harry Wells [153], 20 Tommy Reffell [75], 21 Jack van Poortvliet [46], 22 Freddie Burns [100], 23 Nemani Nadolo [35]

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MATCH PREVIEW | Leicester Tigers v Wasps

All six games in Round 26 today kick-off together at 3.00pm, with Wasps making the trip to Mattioli Woods Welford Road to face Leicester Tigers in the Gallagher Premiership season.

Tigers have already booked a home game next Saturday (4.30pm) in the semi-finals but are not yet assured of top seeding with Saracens just three points and will only find out their opponents at the final whistles this afternoon.

A win for Wasps would take them over London Irish and into qualifying places for next season’s Heineken Champions Cup.

In team news announced on Friday lunchtime, Charlie Clare comes into the Tigers front row to make his 50th senior appearance for the club, Harry Potter returns to the backline and Ben Youngs is at scrum-half.

Wasps include Jimmy Gopperth and James Gaskell, both making their last appearance for the club.

Tigers fly-half George Ford, previewing the game, said: “The impressive thing about Wasps is that they can play a number of ways. They have brilliant kickers, good game managers, a very good back row who can steal ball and dangerous players.

“We’re not thinking about anything other than this game. We have got a job to do.”

Wasps are among the four clubs who have beaten Tigers in the Gallagher Premiership this season, claiming a penalty try alongside three penalties from Jimmy Gopperth in a 16-13 triumph in Coventry at New Year.

Referee is Craig Maxwell-Keys, in his 114th Premiership match in charge.

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WELCOME TO MATCHDAY LIVE!

Wherever you are this afternoon, you can keep up to date with the Tigers action with Matchday Live on the Tigers App and website at www.leicestertigers.com. We are LIVE from Mattioli Woods Welford Road as Leicester Tigers host Wasps in the last round of the Gallagher Premiership league programme. Kick-off is at 3.00pm.


Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Ali Crossdale
14
Paolo Odogwu
13
Sam Spink
12
Jimmy Gopperth
11
Josh Bassett
10
Charlie Atkinson
9
Dan Robson
1
Tom West
2
Gabriel Oghre
3
Biyi Alo
4
Joe Launchbury
5
James Gaskell
6
Brad Shields
7
Jack Willis
8
Tom Willis

Subs

16
Dan Frost
17
Robin Hislop
18
Elliot Millar-Mills
19
Vaea Fifita
20
Alfie Barbeary
21
Will Porter
22
Rob Miller
23
Malakai Fekitoa

Team News | Tigers side to play Wasps

Steve Borthwick has named the Leicester Tigers matchday squad for Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership fixture against Wasps at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

In his 50th senior appearance for the club, Charlie Clare starts at hooker alongside props Ellis Genge and Dan Cole in the front row.

Tom Cowan-Dickie, Nephi Leatigaga and Will Hurd are the front-row replacements.

If used, Hurd will make his first appearance in this season’s Premiership.

Ollie Chessum and Calum Green are the second-row pairing in the starting pack.

In the starting back row, George Martin and Hanro Liebenberg are the flankers and Jasper Wiese is included at No8.

Harry Wells and Tommy Reffell are included among the replacements. 

Ben Youngs and George Ford are the starting half-backs, with Jack van Poortvliet and Freddie Burns named on the bench.

Guy Porter and Matías Moroni make up the midfield, with Harry Potter, Chris Ashton and Freddie Steward the starting back-three. 

Nemani Nadolo is the remaining back on the bench.

Previewing the final home game of the regular season, Tigers Head Coach Borthwick said: “Wasps are a really difficult team, with a great balance of power, speed and very, very good players pulling the strings.

“They beat us earlier this season and have improved since then to be a better side now.

“It will be a big challenge on Saturday afternoon at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.”

STARTING XV
15 Freddie Steward [53]
14 Chris Ashton [10]
13 Matías Moroni [33]
12 Guy Porter [42]
11 Harry Potter [38]
10 George Ford [126]
9 Ben Youngs [279]
1 Ellis Genge (c) [108]
2 Charlie Clare [49]
3 Dan Cole [287]
4 Ollie Chessum [28]
5 Calum Green [88]
6 George Martin [36]
7 Hanro Liebenberg (vc) [56]
8 Jasper Wiese [42]

REPLACEMENTS
16 Tom Cowan-Dickie [8]
17 Nephi Leatigaga [65]
18 Will Hurd [7]
19 Harry Wells [153]
20 Tommy Reffell [75]
21 Jack van Poortvliet [46]
22 Freddie Burns [100]
23 Nemani Nadolo [35]

WASPS XV: 15 Ali Crossdale, 14 Paolo Odogwu, 13 Sam Spink, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Charlie Atkinson, 9 Dan Robson, 1 Tom West, 2 Gabriel Oghre, 3 Biyi Alo, 4 Joe Launchbury (c), 5 James Gaskell, 6 Brad Shields, 7 Jack Willis, 8 Tom Willis

Replacements: 16 Dan Frost, 17 Robin Hislop, 18 Elliot Millar-Mills, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Alfie Barbeary, 21 Will Porter, 22 Rob Miller, 23 Malakai Fekitoa

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Leicester Tigers
Leicester TigersLEI242004726452274885211394
9
Wasps
WaspsWAS24111126146001476818660
Form Guide
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Beat Saracens 15-12
Past Meeting
Won 20-10
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Lost to Leicester Tigers 10-20
Past Meeting
Lost 10-20