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Report | Late Ford kick gives Tigers Euro win

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Leicester Tigers opened their return to the Heineken Champions Cup with a 16-13 win over Bordeaux-Bègles in France on Saturday afternoon.

Tigers were in front for a lot of the game after a first-half try from Guy Porter but it was a 77th minute kick from George Ford that finally proved to be the difference between two teams who are top of their respective domestic leagues.

In the first-ever meeting of the teams, Tigers led 10-3 halfway through the opening period after braving some early pressure and both teams played for a period with a man short – and both conceded a try in that spell with Bordeaux levelling the scores at 10-10 on the  stroke of half-time with a converted try

Tigers, back in the Champions Cup after two seasons in Europe’s Challenge Cup tournament, included 11 players in the matchday squad at the Stade Chaban-Delmas making their debuts in this competition including wing Hosea Saumaki, scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet and new England international hooker Nic Dolly.

With Tigers in their traditional colours of green, white and red, the hosts in blue and white got the game under way in grey and cloudy conditions after a week of rain on the Atlantic coast.

A Bordeaux-Bègles team widely tipped to be among the favourites for European silverware this season, got the game under way and were almost immediately on to the scoreboard, with scrum-half Maxime Lucu kicking a penalty following an error from Tigers at a lineout.

But Tigers weathered some early pressure and teams chose to kick long to force their rivals to play from distance.

It was Porter who provided some go-forward as he carried play almost up to the tryline, but when Bordeaux handled ball at a ruck, Ford levelled the scores with the a penalty.

Bordeaux lost skipper Jefferson Poirot to injury as the game restarted and then had lock Kane Douglas yellow-carded for a high tackle on Ollie Chessum.

Tigers made the most of that advantage as they played their way into their attacking game, creating a score for Porter on 20 minutes following strong work at the breakdown and a clever link between Ford and Hegarty in possession.

Ford’s conversion made it 10-3 but Tigers then had to work hard in defence as Bordeaux’s heavyweight forwards carried up towards the line.

Douglas returned just before the half-hour mark with the crowd showing their frustration at proceedings on the pitch as Chessum forced a knock-on from Louis Picamoles at a set-piece.

Tigers patiently built more possession in the opposition half, winning penalties at scrum and lineout on the right, but then gave Bordeaux an escape route when Saumaki was guilty of tackling full-back Nans Ducuing in the air as he chased a kick from Ford and was shown a yellow card.

Ford missed with a long-range drop goal but it did help eat into the time played with a man down and then Harry Potter had to come Across from right to left wing to chase down a dangerous break from the hosts.

But when Tigers failed to clear their lines, Bordeaux kept ball in the hands of their forwards and, even when Trinh-Duc skewed his chip to the corner, they were playing with advantage and play came back for an attacking scrum with the clock into the last few seconds of the half.

This time they retained their composure on the ball until finally centre Jean-Baptiste Dubié scored under the posts and Lucu added the conversion to make it 10-10 at half-time.

Ford got the second half started and Potter thought he’d got a second try as he dived on loose ball in the right-hand corner. But after numerous replays, the officials determined that Porter had touched the ball with his hand and knocked-on in the build-up.

Tigers made good use of their field position, though, not allowing |Bordeaux out and then receiving a penalty award at a scrum to give Ford another shot at goal but this time he was wide with the kick.

Bordeaux had the next opportunity with a penalty on 52 minutes and Lucu kicked to put them ahead for the first time in the afternoon at 13-10 and when Tigers were blown up again in chasing the restart their rivals were able to take play upfield but Ben Lam was taken into touch.

Steve Borthwick sent on the experience of Dan Cole, Richard Wigglesworth and Kini Murimurivalu, but it was fellow replacement Marco van Staden who made an immediate impact as he smothered ball as Picamoles and Lucu threatened in attack.

French league leaders Bordeaux were building a head of steam and encouraging the home crowd, winning a couple of penalties to keep Tigers pinned back, though Lucu was off target with a 60th minute kick.

An error by replacement Ulupano Seuteni, knocking-on as he fielded a kick in his own 22, gave Tigers an unexpected opportunity and a penalty from the set-piece followed, which Ford kicked to make it all-square again at 13-13.

Matt Scott’s strength in defence blocked Bordeaux progress twice in as many minutes but there were some tired legs on a heavy pitch as the game headed into its final 10 minutes.

Scott was then first on to a clever chip ahead by Wigglesworth as Tigers pushed their hosts back towards their own line and a strong carry from Ellis Genge resulted in a penalty just inside the Bordeaux half, giving Ford the cue for a shot at goal.

Ford make no mistake from 45 metres to nudge his team in front at 16-13 and on the verg of an historic win in france.

Another penalty followed after Chessum made a nuisance of himself at a breakdown and Ford made sure play would go back into the Bordeaux half for the closing stages.

A scrum penalty near halfway with time elapsed provided one last hope for the hosts and their fans. They set up a drive on the mark of the 22-metre line and then had another penalty award, turning down the option of a kick for the posts and a share of the points to go into the left-hand corner.

Joseph Dweba’s throw set up one last chance but, when they got through a couple of phases, the Tigers defence stood firm until winning a penalty award of their own to bring the game to a close and take the four points back to the East Midlands.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

BOR 10-10 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

BOR 13-16 LEI

Attendance

22,383

Referee

Andrew Brace

Bordeaux Begles
Bordeaux Begles
13

Full Time

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
16
Bordeaux Begles
P
T
C
P
KOHTFT
Leicester Tigers
P
T
C
P
P

Match Stats

Bordeaux Begles
Leicester Tigers
Possession
56%
44%
Territory
48%
52%
Penalties Conceded
14
9
Yellow Cards
1
1
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
52/63 83%
106/121 88%
Scrums Won
8/8 100%
7/8 88%
Lineouts Won
11/13 85%
19/23 83%

Player Stats

Bordeaux Begles
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Bryce Hegarty
14Harry Potter
13Guy Porter1T
12Matt Scott
11Hosea Saumaki
10George Ford1C3P
9Jack van Poortvliet
1Ellis Genge
2Nic Dolly
3Joe Heyes
4Ollie Chessum
5Calum Green
6George Martin
7Tommy Reffell
8Jasper Wiese
16Charlie Clare
17James Whitcombe
18Dan Cole
19Harry Wells
20Marco van Staden
21Richard Wigglesworth
22Juan Pablo Socino
23Kini Murimurivalu

Commentary

WINNERS

It's over and Tigers have  the win in France. It's 16-13 to Tigers with kicks from Ford and a try from Porter. 

80

80min | Bordeaux have a penalty on the left... they turn down the chance to go for goal... they go for the corner... another penalty follows... they continue to play... until Tigers get over the ball and the whistle goes in the visitors' favour! 

79

Last minute, Tigers 16-13 in front. Bordeaux have the ball at a scrum in their own half.

77min | Ellis Genge carries, Bordeaux are penalised. FORD lands a 45-metre kick to put Tigers in front at 13-16.

70

70min | Dan Cole taking on a Bordeaux breakdown on his own as they struggle to get clean ball for scrum-half Lucu. There are some tired legs out there now. All-square at 13-13 as the clock ticks down.

67min | A messy scrum following a messy knock-on by Bordeaux in their own 22 gives Tigers a penalty shot and Ford lands the kick to make it 13-13.

60

Missed penalty by Lucu who still lead 13-10. Both sets of coaches now making changes from the bench too.

54min | Bordeaux are ahead for the first time with a Lucu penalty taking the score to 13-10.

49

49min | Scrum penalty to Tigers but Ford shoots off target. Still 10-10.

44

Potter has dotted down loose ball over the tryline. But there referee wants to have a closer look with TMO...

43

No try. Verdict is Potter touched the ball with his hand as the Bordeaux player tried to kick, therefore knock-on virtually on the chalk. 

42

Saumaki is back and it's 15 v 15 again.

41

George Ford kicks off for the start of the second half with the game level at 10-10. Tigers waiting for Saumaki's return from yellow card.

BREAK TIME

All square, 10-10, with one try each, one conversion each, one penalty each and one yellow card each so far. 

Bordeaux add the conversion through Lucu to level the scores at 10-10 on the stroke of half-time.

Just seconds left in the first half and Bordeaux use set-piece ball aganst 14-man Tigers to create an opportunity in midfield and centre Jean-Baptiste Dubie scores the try to make it 8-10.

34

Ford well wide with a long-range drop goal but it keeps Bordeaux back in their own half and eats into the time Tigers play with a man in the sin bin.

33min | Hosea Saumaki is sent to the sin bin after tackling full-back Nans Ducuing in the air chasing a crosskick from Ford. Tigers still 10-3 in front.

22

Harry Potter leaps the advertising boards on the touchline and disappears into the moat! Play is paused while he finds his way back to ground level, totally unscathed.

And Ford adds the conversion for a 10-3 lead halfway through the first half.

PORTER IS IN

20min | GUY PORTER scores a try for Tigers after clever work from Ford and Hegarty in attack to give the visitors an 8-3 lead. 

Referee is looking at a high tackle on Ollie Chessum. Offence is by lock Kane Douglas, and referee Andrew Brace says 'always high' and yellow card. 

PENALTY PUNISHED

16min | George Ford kicks the penalty to level the score at 3-3.

14

Powerful carry from Guy Porter in attack ends with a Bordeaux infringement close to their own line. Tigers have the penalty.

14

Big counter-ruck from Jasper Wiese halts Bordeaux progress and Tigers have a penalty to clear play upfield.

9

9 min | Some enterprising work in attack from Tigers, with Van Poortvliet, Hegarty and Scott involved, pushing Bordeaux back into their own 22. Hosts still lead 3-0.

6

Tommy Reffell perfectly over the ball near halfway to win a penalty after Bryve Hegarty took down wing Ben Lam.

An error at the first lineout gives Bordeaux an early penalty 30 metres out. Scrum-half Maxime Lucu is the kicker. And makes it 3-0.

KICK-OFF | Bordeaux-Bègles v Leicester Tigers

It's a long walk from the dressing rooms but we're all ready to go in the first-ever meeting between Leicester Tigers and Bordeaux-Bègles. Francois Trinh-Duc takes the kick-off for the home team. Let’s go Tigers!

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WORD FROM THE DUGOUT

Steve Borthwick: "reach of these players has an opportunity now to play in a special occasion, a special game. Clearly Bordeaux have threats across the park but if you focus too much on the opposition you probably lose a bit of focus on yourselves so we have concentrated on what we do and we want to keep building our game."

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WEATHER CHECK

It has been raining for most of the past week on the French Atlantic coast and it’s grey and cloudy this afternoon with conditions damp underfoot. Now just 15 minutes away from kick-off.

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TODAY'S OPPOSITION

Bordeaux-Bègles:

15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Federico Mori, 13 Jean-Baptiste Dubié, 12 Yoram Falatea-Moefana, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Maxime Lucu; 1 Jefferson Poirot (c), 2 Clement Maynadier, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 4 Kane Douglas, 5 Thomas Jolmes, 6 Cameron Woki, 7 Bastien Vergnes, 8 Louis Picamoles

Replacements:

16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Thierry Paiva, 18 Lekso Kaulashvili, 19 Alban Roussel, 20 Alexandre Roumat, 21 Yann Lesgourgues, 22 Ulupano Seuteni, 23 Santiago Cordero

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HOW TIGERS LINE UP

STARTING XV

15 Bryce Hegarty [3] *, 14 Harry Potter [22] *, 13 Guy Porter [26] *, 12 Matt Scott [31], 11 Hosea Saumaki [3] *, 10 George Ford [114], 9 Jack van Poortvliet [29] *; 1 Ellis Genge (c) [96], 2 Nic Dolly [9] *, 3 Joe Heyes [81], 4 Ollie Chessum [17] *, 5 Calum Green [69], 6 George Martin [24] *, 7 Tommy Reffell [56], 8 Jasper Wiese [24] *

REPLACEMENTS

16 Charlie Clare [35], 17 James Whitcombe [9] *, 18 Dan Cole [273], 19 Harry Wells [134], 20 Marco van Staden [5] *, 21 Richard Wigglesworth [21], 22 Juan Pablo Socino [4], 23 Kini Murimurivalu [28]

* Heineken Champions Cup debut

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MATCH PREVIEW | HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP

Leicester Tigers and Bordeaux-Bègles meet for the first time in their history as the European season gets under way this afternoon.

Bordeaux sit on top of the French Top 14 after a 17-7 win over previous leaders Toulouse last weekend while Steve Borthwick’s Tigers are unbeaten in the opening 12 games this season in league and cup.

Guy Porter, among 11 members of the Tigers squad preparing for a Champions Cup debut at the Stade Chaban-Delmas, said: “It’s a different sort of experience to travel to France, but it doesn’t matter what competition it is in, we want to get better at what defines our team.

“It was a good experience to reach a the Challenge Cup Final last season, it all helps you to learn about yourself and how to impose your game against other sides.

“Bordeaux are doing very well in their league and it is going to be a big challenge for us but it is an exciting one. It’s what you want to be involved in European competition for.”

Full preview

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WELCOME TO MATCHDAY LIVE!

We’re LIVE as Leicester Tigers face Union Bordeaux-Bègles at the Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas in the opening round of the Heineken Champions Cup. Kick-off is at 3.15pm UK time, 4.15pm local.

If you are dipping in and out during a Christmas shopping trip, involved at your local club, or otherwise occupied this afternoon, there’s no reason to miss out as we’ll have events covered right here in our Matchday Live service on the Tigers App and website at www.leicestertigers.com.

It’s so ‘live’ you can almost taste the red.


Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Nans Ducuing
14
Federico Mori
13
Jean-Baptiste Dubie
12
Yoram Moefana
11
Ben Lam
10
Francois Trinh-Duc
9
Maxime Lucu
1
Jefferson Poirot
2
Clément Maynadier
3
Ben Tameifuna
4
Kane Douglas
5
Thomas Jolmes
6
Cameron Woki
7
Bastien Vergnes Taillefer
8
Louis Picamoles

Subs

16
Joseph Dweba
17
Thierry Paiva
18
Lekso Kaulashvili
19
Alban Roussel
20
Alexandre Roumat
21
Yann Lesgourgues
22
Ulupano Seuteni
23
Santiago Cordero

Team News | Tigers side for European opener

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Steve Borthwick has named the Leicester Tigers matchday squad for the opening round of the 21/22 Heineken Champions Cup away to Bordeaux Bégles.

The Tigers Head Coach has included eleven players who will make their Champions Cup debuts on Saturday afternoon at Stade Chaban-Delmas.

I want to see a performance from the players selected to represent the club that our supporters’ will be proud of, whether they are in the stands in France or watching on from home”

Steve Borthwick

Club captain Ellis Genge starts at loosehead prop alongside fellow England internationals Nic Dolly and Joe Heyes.

Tigers Academy graduate trio Charlie Clare, James Whitcombe and Dan Cole are the front-row replacements.

Ollie Chessum and Calum Green are the starting locks, with George Martin, Tommy Reffell and Jasper Wiese named in the back-row.

Harry Wells and Marco van Staden are included as the remaining forwards on the Leicester bench.

Jack van Poortvliet and George Ford are the starting half-backs, with Matt Scott and Guy Porter the starting midfield pairing.

In the Tigers back-three, Hosea Saumaki and Harry Potter are the wings and Bryce Hegarty the starting full-back.

Richard Wigglesworth, Juan Pablo Socino and Kini Murimurivalu are the backs included among the Leicester replacements.

Previewing the European opener, Borthwick said: “When you look at Bordeaux – their squad, coaching team and the budget they operate, their win against Toulose last weekend – they are an incredible team.

“More than half of the players selected for this game will make their first appearance in this competition on Saturday afternoon; we will learn a lot about ourselves in Bordeaux, it is a great experience for us against one of the competition’s leading sides.

“Each week, I want to see a performance from the players selected to represent the club that our supporters’ will be proud of, whether they are in the stands in France or watching on from home.”

STARTING XV
15 Bryce Hegarty [3] *
14 Harry Potter [22] *
13 Guy Porter [26] *
12 Matt Scott [31]
11 Hosea Saumaki [3] *
10 George Ford [114]
9 Jack van Poortvliet [29] *
1 Ellis Genge (c) [96]
2 Nic Dolly [9] *
3 Joe Heyes [81]
4 Ollie Chessum [17] *
5 Calum Green [69]
6 George Martin [24] *
7 Tommy Reffell [56]
8 Jasper Wiese [24] *

REPLACEMENTS
16 Charlie Clare [35]
17 James Whitcombe [9] *
18 Dan Cole [273]
19 Harry Wells [134]
20 Marco van Staden [5] *
21 Richard Wigglesworth [21]
22 Juan Pablo Socino [4]
23 Kini Murimurivalu [28]

* Heineken Champions Cup debut

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Federico Mori, 13 Jean-Baptiste Dubié, 12 Yoram Falatea-Moefana, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Maxime Lucu; 1 Jefferson Poirot (c), 2 Clement Maynadier, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 4 Kane Douglas, 5 Thomas Jolmes, 6 Cameron Woki, 7 Bastien Vergnes, 8 Louis Picamoles
Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Thierry Paiva, 18 Lekso Kaulashvili, 19 Alban Roussel, 20 Alexandre Roumat, 21 Yann Lesgourgues, 22 Ulupano Seuteni, 23 Santiago Cordero
 

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