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Report | Tigers go down to dominant La Rochelle

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Leicester Tigers unbeaten run in the Investec Champions Cup came to an end in La Rochelle with a 45-12 defeat at the hands of the defending European champions.

La Rochelle scored seven tries to Leicester’s two in the 33-point win, including doubles for UJ Seuteni and Teddy Thomas, while Antoine Hastoy added ten points of his own from the tee.

It was a dominant first-half display for the home side, who took a 21-7 lead into the changing rooms at the break, after three converted tries in the opening 40 minutes.

Just three minutes into the match and La Rochelle were almost over for their first, if not for the last pass going to ground only yards from the Leicester line.

However only two minutes later and they had the first when Pierre Bourgarit crossed.

La Rochelle kicked for the corner from a penalty inside the Tigers half and made the visitors pay for the infringement when, after bringing down the maul and driving the maul forward, the hooker broke from the back of the pack and got across the chalk.

Antonie Hastoy’s first successful attempt of the afternoon, from out wide, made it 7-0.

Despite having few chances with the ball, Leicester continued to fight their way back into the match and were given an advantage in the 12th minute when Ultan Dillane was shown a yellow card for a head-on-head tackle up against Josh Bassett.

The ten minutes up a man didn’t prove fruitful though for Tigers who weren’t able to add to the scoreboard during the sin bin period, with the only chance coming through a missed drop goal attempt from Jamie Shillcock in the 15th minute.

La Rochelle, still down a man in attack, owned much of the possession during the first half hour and - if not for the fight from Leicester in defence - may have extended their lead while Dillane sat on the sideline.

A break, literally including a skip and a jump, from Tawera Kerr-Barlow saw the scrum-half in space and with support, however, his pass for Teddy Thomas travelled forward from the hands and resulted in the officials denying the try.

Ill-discipline from both teams meant Referee Andrew Brace’s whistle was busy for the next ten minutes.

First, La Rochelle were warned after repeated infringements but Tigers were unable to convert before, soon after, the visitors were awarded repeated penalties and Leicester received the yellow card warning.

The home side made the most of the chance to kick for the corner and after another dominant driving maul from the line out, Will Skelton broke away from the back and barged his way through defenders to score his team’s second.

Another successful Hastoy conversion made it 14-0, which only lasted five minutes after Tigers clawed one back with their first in the 36th minute.

Brave decisions from penalties to kick for the corner and pack down a scrum, instead of taking three points on offer, proved the correct choice for Leicester when George Martin pushed his way over two phases after a scrum, 5m out from the La Rochelle line.

Jamie Shillcock converted the Martin try from out wide to make it a seven-point, 14-7, game with only two minutes remaining in the first half.

But it would again go back to fourteen when the home team, three minutes into the red, crossed for a third, on the back of some impressive and entertaining attacking play.

UJ Seuteni was the scorer and Hastoy converted to make it 21-7 at the break.

It took just five minutes for the first points of the second half, which secured La Rochelle the try bonus-point when Thomas was gifted a clear run to the line.

The French wing was the finisher but the try came from a dominant scrum from his forwards, putting Tigers on the back foot and Kerr Barlow broke away before throwing the ball to Thomas who took it on the bounce before going over.

Again, Hastoy was on target from the tee to see his side out to a 21-point lead.

A manic ten minutes followed, including two yellow cards for La Rochelle in as many minutes, taking them down to 13 men for eight minutes.

The disavantage in attack was no issue for the hosts though as they managed to get a fifth try in the 59th minute when replacement prop Joel Sclavi crashed over with a strong run from the back of a ruck on the Leicester line.

Hastoy’s fifth successful conversion of the game made it 35-7 with 20 minutes left on the clock.

A second try for Thomas, who finished a length of the field effort from La Rochelle, made it 40-7 with ten minutes remaining before Seuteni got his brace in the 75th minute to make it 45-7 before Dan Kelly scored with less than sixty seconds left on the clock to make the final difference 33 points, 45-12, in France.

The defeat sees Leicester finish the round level on nine competition points with DHL Stormers, but sitting in third place in Pool 4 with -21 points difference compared to the -1 for the South African outfit.

Tigers host pool leaders Leinster Rugby in the final round of the pool stages next Saturday (January 20) at Mattioli Woods Welford Road. Tickets are available HERE and selling fast, with less than 1,000 places remaining available for the fixture against the Irish side.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

LAR 21-7 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

LAR 45-12 LEI

Attendance

Not available

Referee

Andrew Brace

Stade Rochelais
Stade Rochelais
45

Full Time

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
12
Stade Rochelais
T
C
T
C
T
C
T
C
T
C
T
T
KOHTFT
Leicester Tigers
T
C
T

Match Stats

Stade Rochelais
Leicester Tigers
Possession
52%
48%
Territory
46%
54%
Penalties Conceded
11
8
Yellow Cards
3
0
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
156/173 90%
156/195 80%
Scrums Won
4/4 100%
8/9 89%
Lineouts Won
9/11 82%
16/18 89%

Player Stats

Stade Rochelais
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Mike Brown
14Harry Simmons
13Dan Kelly1T
12Solomone Kata
11Josh Bassett
10Jamie Shillcock1C
9Ben Youngs
1James Cronin
2Julian Montoya
3Dan Cole
4George Martin1T
5Ollie Chessum
6Matt Rogerson
7Olly Cracknell
8Kyle Hatherell
16Finn Theobald-Thomas
17Francois van Wyk
18Joe Heyes
19Sam Carter
20Jasper Wiese
21Tom Whiteley
22Handre Pollard
23Matt Scott

Commentary

FULL TIME IN FRANCE

La Rochelle score seven tries to record a 45-12 victory over Leicester Tigers.

TRY | DAN KELLY

A late try to Dan Kelly makes it 45-12 in France with less than a minute left on the clock. 

TRY | LA ROCHELLE

The home side have another, with five minutes left on the clock, and it's a second for UJ Seuteni on the end of some impressive interplay by La Rochelle.

TRY | LA ROCHELLE

A second try for Teddy Thomas, who finishes a length of the field effort from La Rochellee, makes it 40-7 with ten minutes remaining.

CON | LA ROCHELLE

Antoine Hastoy makes it 35-7, with 20 minutes remaining, and makes it ten points from the tee so far with his fifth successful conversion of the match.

TRY | LA ROCHELLE

The home side have a fifth, through Joel Sclavi, after the replacement prop crashes over from close range.

YELLOW | LA ROCHELLE

A third yellow for the game for the home side, this time for a high shot on Handré Pollard from Jonathan Danty.

CHANGE UP FRONT

Francois van Wyk is on at loosehead prop in place of James Cronin.

YELLOW | LA ROCHELLE

Four successive penalties against La Rochelle prove costly as Will Skelton is shown a yellow card, seeing his side down a man until the 60th minute.

TRIPLE CHANGE FOR TIGERS

Handré Pollard, Jasper Wiese and Joe Heyes are brought into the action from the Leicester bench by Dan McKellar.

CON | LA ROCHELLE

Antoine Hastoy adds the extras to the bonus-point score from La Rochelle to make it 28-7 after 45 minutes.

TRY | TEDDY THOMAS

Teddy Thomas crosses for La Rochelle out wide before running it in slightly to assist the conversion attempt, thanks to a long pass from Tawera Kerr-Barlow off the back of a dominant scrum from the home team.

SECOND HALF GETS GOING

La Rochelle, leading by fourteen, get the game going again after the break.

LA ROCHELLE LEAD AT THE BREAK

La Rochelle's 42nd minute score means it's a 14-point lead at the break for the home side.

CON | LA ROCHELLE

Another successful conversion attempt from Antoine Hastoy makes it 21-7.

TRY | LA ROCHELLE

Patience, power and class hand the home team a third try to take into the changing rooms at the break after several phases from La Rochelle are weathered by Leicester before the French club find a way through down the right hand side in attack and UJ Seuteni gets over.

39

LA ROCHELLE MARCH FORWARD

With the clock in the red, the home side march their way forward in attack looking to extend the lead before the break.

CON | JAMIE SHILLCOCK

Jamie Shillcock makes it a seven-point game, with sixty seconds left in the first half, after landing his sideline conversion.

TRY | GEORGE MARTIN

Pressure pays off for Tigers, on the back of a brave decision to pack down a scrum from a penalty, and it's George Martin who crashes over from close range just two phases after the set piece.

37

PRESSURE ON LA ROCHELLE

Tigers continue to put pressure on the home side with a strong kick chase and subsequent turnover at the ruck wins them back possession and they opt for a scrum, 5m out from La Rochelle's line, with minutes left in the first half.

35

CHANCE FOR TIGERS

An opportunity late in the first half for Leicester presents itself after a mistake at the back from Teddy Thomas hands Tigers a scrum deep in the La Rochelle end.

CON | LA ROCHELLE

La Rochelle's lead is 14-0 after 33 minutes thanks to a successful conversion from Antoine Hastoy.

TRY | LA ROCHELLE

The home side have a second, this time through Will Skelton, after bringing the 5m lineout down and handing the ball off to the rampaging lock to barge his way over and score.

31

TIGERS WARNED

Leicester are now warned by the officials after repeat penalties and La Rochelle kick for the corner for another 5m lineout.

29

ON THE BALL

The home side dominating possession after half an hour of play with almost 60% of the ball in the first 30 minutes but only able to convert once to lead 7-0.

23

TIGERS ON THE PROWL

Three successive infringements from the home side results in a warning from the officials and third chance for Leicester just 5m out at the lineout. 

However the visitors cant convert the opportunity as La Rochelle overpower the pack at maul time and win back possession as well relieving the pressure on them.

22

SIN BEN ENDS

The sides are back level with 15 v 15 after the end of the sin bin for La Rochelle.

19

LA ROCHELLE DENIED AGAIN

Another missed opportunity for the home side in the righthand corner, denied for a second time, after Tawera Kerr-Barlow breaks away in the midfield but his pass to Teddy Thomas is forward and play therefore has been brought back.

17

TIGERS PASS DEFENSIVE TEST

A huge test for the visitors, deep inside their own end, as La Rochelle pepper the Tigers defensive line with several phases in attack before earning a penalty at the breakdown to relieve the pressure and deny the home side.

14

DROP GOAL ATTEMPT GOES WIDE

Jamie Shillcock looks to add three points with a drop goal attempt from just to the right of the posts but it goes wide.

YELLOW | LA ROCHELLE

La Rochelle are down to 14 for the next 10 minutes after a yellow card for Ultan Dillane for head contact on Josh Bassett. 

10

TERRITORIAL TEN

It has been a battle for territory in the opening 10 minutes here in France, with both sides looking for dominance primarily through the boot.

CON | LA ROCHELLE

The home side's lead is extended to seven points after just seven minutes thanks to a successful sideline conversion from Antoine Hastoy.

TRY | LA ROCHELLE

La Rochelle are the first to get across the chalk, through Pierre Bourgarit at the back of a driving maul from a lineout just 5m out from the Tigers line.

3

CHANCE FOR LA ROCHELLE

The home side go within yards of scoring the first of the match, but the last pass goes to ground, after La Rochelle earned back possession deep inside Leicester's half with a strong kick chase.

UNDERWAY IN FRANCE

We are underway in France!


Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Brice Dulin
14
Teddy Thomas
13
Ulupano Seuteni
12
Jonathan Danty
11
Dillyn Leyds
10
Antoine Hastoy
9
Tawera Kerr-Barlow
1
Reda Wardi
2
Pierre Bourgarit
3
Uini Atonio
4
Ultan Dillane
5
Will Skelton
6
Paul Boudehent
7
Levani Botia
8
Gregory Alldritt

Replacements

16
Quentin Lespiaucq
17
Joel Sclavi
18
Alexandre Kuntelia
19
Remi Picquette
20
Judicael Cancoriet
21
Yoan Tanga
22
Thomas Berjon
23
Hugo Reus

Team News | Tigers name strong side against La Rochelle

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Leicester Tigers have named their team for Sunday’s Investec Champions Cup clash against La Rochelle at Stade Marcel Deflandre at 3:15pm GMT live on TNT Sports.

Tigers travel to the two-time defending champions sitting in second place in Pool 4 and on level points with Leinster.

Leicester welcome back England wing Anthony Watson and round one try-scorer Josh Bassett for the trip to France, with Ben Youngs partnering Jamie Shillcock in the halves.

Olly Cracknell and Kyle Hatherell rotate into the starting backrow with World Cup winners Jasper Wiese and Handré Pollard named in the finishers.

There’s also a place for centre Matt Scott, the Scottish international returning from an injury sustained in round one against DHL Stormers.

Leicester Tigers head coach, Dan McKellar said: “It’s great to get a few players back from injury this week and we’ll hopefully get a few more back over the next couple of weeks.

“To get a result the way we did in Paris in December was a great memory for all involved and it’s left us in good shape to throw everything at these next two games.

“La Rochelle, two-time defending champions at their famous ground; it’s a brilliant challenge for us and we’re looking forward to it.”

STARTING XV

15 Mike Brown [19]

14 Anthony Watson [18]

13 Dan Kelly [71]

12 Solomone Kata [10]

11 Josh Bassett [11]

10 Jamie Shillcock [16]

9 Ben Youngs [309]

1 James Cronin [25]

2 Julián Montoya (c) [50]

3 Dan Cole [316]

4 George Martin [72]

5 Ollie Chessum [51]

6 Matt Rogerson [13]

7 Olly Cracknell [32]

8 Kyle Hatherell [11]

REPLACEMENTS

16 Finn Theobold-Thomas [5]

17 Francois van Wyk [44]

18 Joe Heyes [135]

19 Sam Carter [10]

20 Jasper Wiese [69]

21 Tom Whiteley [20]

22 Handré Pollard [23]

23 Matt Scott [71]

 

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