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Report | Tigers knocked out of Europe by Leinster

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Leicester Tigers were knocked out of the 2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup following a 31-point, 55-24, defeat to Leinster Rugby in the quarter-final stages.

The home side crossed for six tries, as well as being awarded a penalty try, at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night compared to Leicester's three scores.

Leinster centre Garry Ringrose scored a double to finish with 10 points, which was only topped by fly-half Ross Byrne's 18 points with the boot.

Jamison Gibson-Park, Jimmy O'Brien, John McKee and Scott Penny scored Leinster's other tries.

Meanwhile, for Tigers, Anthony Watson, Harry Potter and Olly Cracknell were the try-scorers.

Handré Pollard added seven points from the tee and Jimmy Gopperth added two through a late conversion.

Mike Brown, who started at full-back, made his European debut for Leicester Tigers, while Sam Wolstenholme came off the bench for his first appearance for the club. 

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

LEI 17-10 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

LEI 55-24 LEI

Attendance

27,000

Referee

Nika Amashukeli

Leinster Rugby
Leinster Rugby
55

Full Time

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
24
Leinster Rugby
T
C
T
C
P
P
T
C
T
T
C
T
C
C
T
C
KOHTFT
Leicester Tigers
P
T
C
T
C
T

Match Stats

Leinster Rugby
Leicester Tigers
Possession
52%
48%
Territory
56%
44%
Penalties Conceded
10
13
Yellow Cards
1
2
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
142/160 89%
141/175 81%
Scrums Won
6/6 100%
1/3 33%
Lineouts Won
14/16 88%
8/9 89%

Player Stats

Leinster Rugby
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Mike Brown
14Anthony Watson1T
13Harry Potter1T
12Dan Kelly
11Freddie Steward
10Handre Pollard2C1P
9Jack van Poortvliet
1James Cronin
2Julian Montoya
3Joe Heyes
4George Martin
5Cameron Henderson
6Hanro Liebenberg
7Tommy Reffell
8Jasper Wiese
16Charlie Clare
17Tom West
18Dan Cole
19Eli Snyman
20Olly Cracknell1T
21Sam Wolstenholme
22Charlie Atkinson
23Jimmy Gopperth1C

Commentary

FULL TIME IN DUBLIN

Leinster Rugby progress to the semi-finals of this season's Heineken Champions Cup with a 55-24 victory over Leicester Tigers.

CON | LEINSTER RUGBY

Ross Byrne again on the mark from the tee, seeing Leinster's lead out to 55-24 with less than a minute on the clock.

TRY | LEINSTER RUGBY

The home side drive their way over again from a lineout maul to make it 53-24 with two minutes remaining.

CON | JIMMY GOPPERTH

Jimmy Gopperth converts the try, making it 48-24, with five minutes emaining.

TRY | HARRY POTTER

An intercept from Harry Potter ends with him running it in to cross for a late try to Leicester Tigers.

CON | LEINSTER RUGBY

The home side's lead is now 48-17 with six minutes remaining.

TRY | LEINSTER RUGBY

The home side have another, six minutes from time, to take it out to 46-17.

CON | HANDRÉ POLLARD

Handré Pollard converts the 69th minute try to make it 41-17 with 11 minutes remaining.

TRY | OLLY CRACKNELL

Olly Cracknell crashes over from close range!

CON | LEINSTER RUGBY

Ross Byrne again on target from the tee, extending the Leinster lead to 41-10 with 17 minutes remaining.

TRY | LEINSTER RUGBY

Another driving maul from the home side from close range brings reward as Scott Penny breaks away from the back of the Leinster pack to dive over in the 63rd minute.

SIN BIN | CHARLIE CLARE

Charlie Clare is shown a yellow card, after the penalty try is awarded to Leinster, which sees Leicester Tigers down to 14 men for the next 10 minutes.

PENALTY TRY | LEINSTER RUGBY

A Leinster driving maul, from a lineout, comes tumbling down and the officials award a penalty-try to the home side to extend their lead to 34-10 with 21 minutes remaining.

CON | LEINSTER RUGBY

Leinster's lead now at 17 points, with 25 minutes remaining, after another successful attempt from the tee from Ross Byrne.

TRY | LEINSTER RUGBY

Leinster cross for a third try, through Jamison Gibson Park, who runs the support line on the inside of Garry Ringrose after a break from the outside centre.

PEN | LEINSTER RUGBY

The home side stretch their lead to 10 points with half an hour remaining in Dublin thanks to a successful Ross Byrne penalty-goal.

SIN BIN | LEINSTER RUGBY

The home side are down to 14 men for the next 10 minutes after Caelan Doris is shown a yellow card for a high tackle.

SECOND HALF GETS GOING

Handré Pollard gets us going again in Dublin with a deep kick-off into the Leinster half.

HALF TIME IN DUBLIN

Leicester Tigers trail Leinster Rugby by seven points, 17-10, at the break in Dublin.

CON | HANDRÉ POLLARD

Handré Pollard adds two, making it a seven-point game, with a sideline conversion in the 39th minute.

TRY | ANTHONY WATSON

Anthony Watson dives over in the corner, getting the ball down in spectacular style, with less than a minute remaining in the first half!

PEN | LEINSTER RUGBY

Ross Byrne extends the Leinster lead to 14 points with a penalty-goal in the 31st minute.

CON | LEINSTER RUGBY

Leinster are out to an 11-point lead after 18 minutes with a second successful conversion from Ross Byrne.

TRY | LEINSTER RUGBY

Garry Ringrose has a second after a slick backline move from the home side is executed to perfection from a scrum just outside the Leicester 22m line.

PEN | HANDRÉ POLLARD

An impressive attacking set of phases is rewarded as Handré Pollard sends his first attempt of the night through the posts to make it a four-point difference after eight minutes.

CON | LEINSTER RUGBY

Ross Byrne converts from in front of the posts to see Leinster out to a 7-0 lead after almost four minutes.

TRY | LEINSTER RUGBY

A dummy and step back inside from Leinster's outside centre Garry Ringrose gets the home side on the scoreboard first.

KICK OFF

Leinster Rugby gets the first Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final underway! 


Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Hugo Keenan
14
Jimmy O'Brien
13
Garry Ringrose
12
Robbie Henshaw
11
James Lowe
10
Ross Byrne
9
Jamison Gibson-Park
1
Andrew Porter
2
Dan Sheehan
3
Tadhg Furlong
4
Ross Molony
5
James Ryan
6
Ryan Baird
7
Caelan Doris
8
Jack Conan

Replacements

16
John McKee
17
Cian Healy
18
Michael Alaalatoa
19
Jason Jenkins
20
Scott Penny
21
Luke McGrath
22
Harry Byrne
23
Ciaran Frawley

Team News | Leicester side to play Leinster

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Richard Wigglesworth has named the Leicester Tigers matchday squad to play Leinster Rugby in the 2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals.

Julián Montoya will captain the team at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night.

Wigglesworth has made six positional changes to his starting side from the win over Edinburgh Rugby at Mattioli Woods Welford Road, which includes four new faces in the starting line-up from the Round of 16 victory.

Mike Brown returns to action, at full-back, which sees Freddie Steward shift to the wing and Harry Potter move to outside centre.

Dan Kelly, who came off the bench last Friday night, starts at inside centre alongside Potter in the midfield.

Kelly’s inclusion is a direct swap with Jimmy Gopperth, who is included on the bench.

In the forward pack, there are two changes from the last outing, with Joe Heyes and Jasper Wiese coming into the starting team after featuring as replacements last week.

Heyes and Wiese come in for Dan Cole and Olly Cracknell, who are included on the bench for the trip to Dublin.

Friday night will be the 50th starting appearance for Heyes in his 121st Leicester Tigers match.

Sam Wolstenholme, who was an unused replacement against Edinburgh, will make his Leicester Tigers debut if he features against Leinster.

STARTING XV
15 Mike Brown [5]
14 Anthony Watson [13]
13 Harry Potter [63]
12 Dan Kelly [52]
11 Freddie Steward [69]
10 Handré Pollard [11]
9 Jack van Poortvliet [62]
1 James Cronin [13]
2 Julián Montoya (c) [40]
3 Joe Heyes [120]
4 George Martin [55]
5 Cameron Henderson [33]
6 Hanro Liebenberg [81]
7 Tommy Reffell [96]
8 Jasper Wiese [57]

REPLACEMENTS
16 Charlie Clare [75]
17 Tom West [7]
18 Dan Cole [306]
19 Eli Snyman [32]
20 Olly Cracknell [21]
21 Sam Wolstenholme *
22 Charlie Atkinson [15]
23 Jimmy Gopperth [14]

* Leicester Tigers debut

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