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Report | Leicester beaten by clinical Leinster

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Leicester Tigers suffered a 17-point, 10-27, defeat to Leinster Rugby at Mattioli Woods Welford Road in Round 4 of the 23/24 Investec Champions Cup.

The home side came out of the blocks firing in front of a sold-out crowd against the Irish side, to lead 10-0 after 20 minutes, before back-to-back scores approaching the break saw Leinster lead by five, 10-15, at half time.

A bruising second half, bookended by tries to the visitors, saw Leinster deny Tigers the chance to add to their first half points and see the Dublin franchise finish the pool stages unbeaten to book their place in the Round of 16 and leave Leicester to wait for the weekend's remaining fixtures to decide their fate.

It was Tom Whiteley who got the scoreboard attendant of their feet early on, when the scrum-half went blind from the base of the ruck before finding Dan Kelly, who drew the Leinster defence and then passed to Hanro Liebenberg out wide for the back-rower to run it in and score.

Handré Pollard landed the conversion attempt from out wide to make it 7-0 to Leicester after eleven minutes before extending it to 10-0 in the 20th minute with a near 50m long penalty goal. 

Leinster clawed the deficit back to seven with their first points of the game just three minutes later, through Harry Byrne, before levelling it up at 10-10 on the half-hour mark when Joe McCarthy reached out to score from close range and Byrne added the conversion.

Just two minutes later and Leinster were in the lead for the first time when Jordan Larmour crossed out wide to see his side ahead by five at the break.

It was the Irish who came out firing in the second half with their third just two minutes into the second forty, to Dan Sheehan, and Byrne was again on target to make it a 12-point difference.

Despite no points being scored for the almost-entirety of the second half, it was an entertaining encounter for the 25,000+ fans in attendance and, with the clock in the red, Leinster added their fourth to secure the try bonus-point and leave Leicester with a 10-27 away win.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

LEI 10-15 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

LEI 10-27 LEI

Attendance

25,849

Referee

Andrea Piardi

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
10

Full Time

Leinster Rugby
Leinster Rugby
27
Leicester Tigers
T
C
P
KOHTFT
Leinster Rugby
P
T
C
T
T
C
T

Match Stats

Leicester Tigers
Leinster Rugby
Possession
51%
49%
Territory
52%
48%
Penalties Conceded
9
14
Yellow Cards
1
1
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
163/199 82%
157/200 79%
Scrums Won
5/6 83%
5/6 83%
Lineouts Won
16/18 89%
11/13 85%

Player Stats

Leicester Tigers
Leinster Rugby
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Freddie Steward
14Harry Simmons
13Matt Scott
12Dan Kelly
11Ollie Hassell-Collins
10Handre Pollard1C1P
9Tom Whiteley
1James Cronin
2Julian Montoya
3Joe Heyes
4Harry Wells
5Ollie Chessum
6Hanro Liebenberg1T
7Tommy Reffell
8Jasper Wiese
16Archie Vanes
17Francois van Wyk
18Will Hurd
19Sam Carter
20Kyle Hatherell
21Ben Youngs
22Jamie Shillcock
23Solomone Kata

Commentary

TIGERS DEFEATED BY LEINSTER

Leicester Tigers go down fighting to Leinster Rugby, 10-27, in front of a sold-out Mattioli Woods Welford Road. 

TRY | LEINSTER RUGBY

With the clock in the red, Leinster remain composed and get across for a fourth and bonus-point score with Caelen Doris the try-scorer.

CON | LEINSTER RUGBY

Leinster's lead is now twelve following the successful conversion attempt from Harry Byrne.

TRY | LEINSTER RUGBY

The visitors get across the chalk early in the second-half and it's Dan Sheehan with the try, extending Leinster's lead to ten with a conversion attempt to come.

YELLOW | LEICESTER TIGERS

Leicester are down to 14 for the next ten minutes with a yellow card for Tom Whiteley.

BACK IN ACTION

We are back underway at Mattioli Woods Welford Road in this Investec Champions Cup clash.

TIGERS TRAIL AT THE BREAK

Leicester trail by five, 10-15, at the break after an entertaining opening forty minutes.

TRY | LEINSTER RUGBY

Leinster take the lead, with seven minutes left in the first half, after finding space out wide to the right.

Jordan Larmour is the try-scorer.

CON | LEINSTER RUGBY

We are all tied up, 10-10, on the half hour mark after a successful conversion attempt from Harry Byrne. 

TRY | LEINSTER RUGBY

Pressure pays off for Leinster as they get across the line for their first try, with Joe McCarthy the scorer from close range.

27

ALL OUT IRISH ATTACK

Leinster with all the ball for the past five minutes, camped inside the Leicester end, and with a chance now, 5m out, thanks to a penalty from the home side.

PEN | LEINSTER RUGBY

Leinster are on the scoreboard with a penalty goal from in front of the posts, making it 10-3 after 23 minutes.

PEN | HANDRÉ POLLARD

A chance for points presents itself again from a Leinster infringement and Handré Pollard lands it, just shy of 50m out, to make it 10-0 after 20 minutes.

18

ATTACK COMES UNDONE

A knock-on in attack from Tigers, a handful of phases down, deep inside the visitor's end, hands back pack possession.

16

CHANCE FOR LEICESTER

An opportunity for Tigers, on the back of ill-discipline from Leinster, with a lineout 10m out from the Irish side's line.

14

TIGERS STICK SOLID AGAIN

Leinster, again, throwing everything at Leicester in attack but are turned away by the Tigers for the second time in as many minutes as the home side win a penalty at the breakdown in defence and kick clear, into touch, to ease the pressure.

13

TIGERS HOLD ON AND UP

A big moment, much to the enjoyment of the home crowd, as Tigers hold on in defence and hold up Leinster to earn a goal-line re-start.

CON | HANDRÉ POLLARD

Handré Pollard lands the conversion attempt from out wide to make it 7-0 to Leicester after eleven minutes.

TRY | HANRO LIEBENBERG

Tom Whiteley takes it blind from the base of the ruck and finds Dan Kelly, who draws the Leinster defence before sending the pass to Hanro Liebenberg out wide for the back-rower to run it in and score.

5

BRUISING START

Physical start to proceedings here today in the opening five minutes, with both teams throwing plenty at it.

KICK OFF IN LEICESTER

We are underway at Mattioli Woods Welford Road with Leinster kicking off and Leicester receiving, running towards the Mattioli Woods Stand.


Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Hugo Keenan
14
Jordan Larmour
13
Garry Ringrose
12
Robbie Henshaw
11
James Lowe
10
Harry Byrne
9
Jamison Gibson-Park
1
Andrew Porter
2
Dan Sheehan
3
Tadhg Furlong
4
Joe McCarthy
5
James Ryan
6
Ryan Baird
7
Josh van der Flier
8
Caelan Doris

Replacements

16
Ronan Kelleher
17
Cian Healy
18
Michael Alaalatoa
19
Ross Molony
20
Jack Conan
21
Luke McGrath
22
Sam Prendergast
23
Tommy O'Brien

Preview | Tigers v Leinster

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The stage is set and a packed house at Mattioli Woods Welford Road awaits Leicester Tigers as they welcome Leinster in tomorrow’s Investec Champions Cup clash.

Leinster, led by former Tiger Leo Cullen, have already booked their spot in the knockout rounds, with Leicester needing a point to guarantee passage through the pool stage.

TEAM NEWS

With the Guinness Six Nations on the horizon, Leinster have left none of their big guns in Ireland. Harry Byrne will steer the attack from flyhalf.

Leicester welcome Hanro Lienbenberg and Ollie Hassell-Collins back into the side this week with Handré Pollard and Jasper Wiese reverting back to the starting selection.

WHAT’S ON AT MATTIOLI WOODS WELFORD ROAD?

12.00pm - Final Whistle and Junior Tigers Club OPEN

12.15pm - DJ begins in Plaza Marquee

1.30pm - Turnstiles OPEN

1.50pm - The Plaza Prowl

3.00pm - DJ finishes (first set) in Plaza Marquee

3.15pm - Kick Off: Leicester Tigers v Leinster Rugby

5.00pm - DJ begins (second set) in Plaza Marquee

5.30pm - Stade Francais v DHL Stormers LIVE on TNT Sports in Final Whistle

Get your matchday underway on The Plaza with plenty on offer for fans of all ages, including a DJ under the marquee to get things bouncing ahead of the game, as well as the TryLine Tussle, Dartboard and Kicking Challenge for the youngsters to enjoy.

You can also fuel up with a host of food and beverage offerings available on The Plaza or in the Final Whistle.

Inside the Final Whistle, The Junior Tigers Club (JTC) is also open from midday with the Batak Board, Table Tennis, Nintendo Switches and a visit from members of the Senior Squad to get a selfie or signature. Attendees can also win the chance to lead the team out as Junior Mascot at 3.15pm.

Club Partners Wilo, with their Hook-A-Duck game, are on The Plaza and supporters can also sample the tasty treats on offer from Valeo and Kings.

At 1.50pm, get involved in The Plaza Prowl - which will see the squad make their way from Hotel Brooklyn, through supporters and on to the field ahead of the battle. Find out more HERE about The Plaza Prowl.

The Club Shop - located under Hotel Brooklyn - is open from 10.00am, while the Europcar Stand store opens at 12.00pm with special offers available for fans.

Half-Time

After grabbing something from the bar or food outlets in your stand, make your way back to your spot to enjoy the half-time entertainment including the Jaffa Zorb Race and The Ultimate Big Boot, brought to you by De Montfort University.

Full-Time

Stick around after the match to meet players as they make their way around the Mattioli Woods Welford Road pitch, including a chance to get a picture with your favourite player, and then head back into the Final Whistle to watch Stade Francais and DHL Stormers face off in their Pool 4 fixture.

Alternatively, grab a drink and snack from the bar and head out on to The Plaza to enjoy the second set from our resident DJ to start your Saturday evening off in style.

DETAILS

Leicester Tigers vs Leinster Rugby

Investec Champions Cup – Round Four

3:15pm kick off. Mattioli Woods Welford Road

Referee: Andrea Piardi (FIR)

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