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Two from two in Tigers pre-season

Leicester Tigers ran in seven tries in a 47-12 victory over Benetton Treviso in a pre-season fixture at Welford Road on Friday evening.

Scores from Logovi’i Mulipola, George McGuigan, Matt Smith and Dominic Ryan gave Tigers a 26-12 lead at half-time in a keen contest, with Ellis Genge and a double from Ben White after the break allowing Matt O’Connor’s team to back up on the win over Ospreys in their pre-season opener a week earlier.

Head coach O’Connor included a batch of the Tigers’ summer signings in his extended squad, with Ryan, Jonah Holmes, Joe Ford, Sione Kalamafoni and Nick Malouf all given the opportunity to run out at Welford Road for the first time.

Matt Toomua, who has not played since suffering a knee injury in just his second game for the club against Racing 92 last October, made a welcome return, with Mulipola and Tom Brady also back from injury.

The visitors included Tigers academy graduate Tiziano Pasquali who was called up to Italy’s senior squad for the first time during the summer.

Tigers had to wait until the eighth minute to build some phases of possession and made the breakthrough on the quarter-hour thanks to Mulipola, quickly followed by a try from front-row colleague McGuigan.

Some smart handling along the backline threatened a score on the right, with Charlie Thacker taking play close to the line before Mulipola forced his way over a couple of phases later. Ford added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

From the restart Tigers won a penalty near halfway and, after Ford had kicked to the left, McGuigan steered the drive over the line, acknowledging the role of his team-mates as he emerged from the bottom of the heap.

Treviso responded with a try from centre Ignacio Brex, winning the race to a chip in behind the Tigers defence in a smart move on the right. International fly-half Tommaso Allan put the conversion narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

But Tigers provided an immediate reply as Ford made full use of a penalty advantage to chip over the Italian defence. Brady raced in to claim possession and produced an instant pass to Smith, on hand to force his way over. Ford landed the conversion to make it 19-5 with half an hour gone.

The see-saw contest continued with a second try for Treviso, courtesy of lock Federico Ruzza to the right of the posts, and this time Allan made no mistake with the kick to cut the deficit to a single score.

It was the home side’s turn to be tested in defence, but Tigers stood up well in the forwards and made their hits out wide to keep their rivals out.

Club captain Tom Youngs earned a big reception from the home crowd when he entered the action on 38 minutes, replacing McGuigan, and he almost added the fourth try after a rampaging run by Kalamafoni and a shark break from Sam Harrison.

When Youngs took play up to the line, Tigers recycled quickly and Ryan this time was on hand to dot down. Ford added the kick in the final action of the half as Tigers stretched the lead to 26-12.

Toomua made his playing return at the start of the second half as one of a number of changes for Tigers, with Genge, Telusa Veainu and Dom Barrow among the others as the players emerged to rainfall.

Treviso, though, enjoyed the bulk of possession in the opening stages before Tigers started to regain momentum.

A series of carries close to the line, including two each for Genge and Fred Tuilagi, almost broke Treviso resistance but, when Holmes just ran out of space on the left, the home side regained possession and this time Genge carried over the line with support from the forward pack. Ford sent over his fourth conversion to make it 33-12 on the hour mark.

Tuilagi was again prominent in the build-up to the sixth score, with Ben Betts also carrying strongly before White darted off the back of a ruck to dot down. Ford landed the conversion from wide on the left before making way for replacement Tom Hardwick with Tigers 40-12 ahead.

And White added his second from another close-range dart with just two minutes remaining, allowing Toomua to claim his first points for the club with the conversion.

Tigers resume pre-season action with another home fixture against the Ospreys next Friday (August 25) before the Aviva Premiership opener against Bath Rugby at Welford Road on Sunday, September 3. Match tickets are on general sale now. Book in person at Welford Road, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) (open 9.00am-5.00pm daily and up to kick-off on Friday). Or book online any time.

Tigers versus Treviso match highlights

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

LEI 26-12 BEN

FT ScoreFull Time Score

LEI 47-12 BEN

Attendance

14,800

Referee

Christophe Ridley

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Benetton Rugby
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Commentary

Full-time at Welford Road

That's full-time here at Welford Road and seven tries for Tigers to secure a 47-12 win against visitors Benetton Treviso in the second pre-season fixture of the new season.

Conversion Tigers

Matt Toomua steps up to add the conversion for Tigers in the 78th minute and take the score to 47-12. 

Tigers Try

Ben White gets his second of the match as Tigers keep the possession and territory in the Treviso half before creating the space for White to run in the try. 

Tigers Replacement

George Catchpole replaces  Mathew Tait. 

Tigers Replacement

Dominic Ryan returns to the field to replace Fred Tuilagi in the 73rd minute. 

Tigers Replacement

After adding the conversion Joe Ford is replaced by Tom Hardwick

Conversion Tigers

Joe Ford adds the conversion to take the score to 40-12 in the 69th minute. 

Tigers Try

Tigers again build the phases in the Treviso 22 and create the space for scrum-half Ben White to dive through and score in the 67th minute. 

Tigers Replacement

Will Evans replaces Brendon O'Connor in the 64th minute. 

Tigers Replacements

Harry Wells, Ben White and Mathew Tait returns to replace Mike Fitzgerald, Sam Harrison and Matt Smith. 

Conversion Tigers

Joe Ford adds the conversion to make it a 33-12 lead in the 60th minute. 

Try Tigers

Tigers build the phases in the Treviso 22 before Ellis Genge is pushed over the line to score in the 59th minute. 

Further Tigers Replacements

Luke Hamilton and Fred Tuilagi replace Mike Williams and Sione Kalamafoni in the 53rd minute. 

Tigers Replacement

Ben Betts replaces Logovi'i Mulipola in the 49th minute. 

Half-time replacements

Ellis Genge, Dom Barrow, Brendon O'Connor, Matt Toomua, Nick Malouf and Telusa Veainu have replaced Greg Bateman, Graham Kitchener, Dominic Ryan, Charlie Thacker, Tom Brady and Mathew Tait. 

Second-half gets underway

Half Time

Tigers lead Treviso 26-12 at half-time here at Welford Road. 

Conversion Tigers

Joe Ford slots the extras to extend Tigers lead to 24-12 as the clock hits 40 minutes. 

Try Tigers

Impressive hands on show from Tigers who work through the Treviso 22 for Dominic Ryan to burst over the line in the 39th minute. 

Early Replacement

Tom Youngs run on to thunderous applause from the crowd as he replaces George McGuigan in the 37th minute. 

Conversion Treviso

Tommaso Allan adds the extras for Treviso to make it 19-12 at 33 minutes. 

Try Treviso

Treviso's Federico Ruzza pushes his way over the try line for Treviso's second try of the match in the 32nd minute. 

Conversion Tigers

Joe Ford adds the conversion to extend Tigers lead to 19-5 at 29 minutes. 

Tigers Try

Tigers chipped ahead into the Treviso 22 where Tom Brady gathered and off-loaded to Matt Smith for the try. 

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Conversion Missed

Treviso fly-half Tommaso Allan misses the conversion to keep the score at Tigers 12 Treviso 5. 

Try Treviso

Treviso create space on the wing to chip the ball ahead and Ignacio Brex wins the foot race to dot it down. 

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Conversion Missed

Joe Ford pushes the conversion just wide of the posts so the score remains Tigers 12 Treviso as the clock shows 20 minutes. 

Try Tigers

Tigers create a driving maul from the lineout and George McGuigan dots in down over the line for Tigers second try in the 19th minute. 

Conversion Tigers

Joe Ford adds the conversion to extend the lead to 7-0 in the 17th minute. 

TRY TIGERS

Logovi'i Mulipola powers his way over the line for Tigers first try of the match. 

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Warm-Up

The benches have both cleared to warm-up on a dry but cold night. 

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Tigers Penalty

Tigers get a penalty and kick to touch, 5m from the Treviso try-line

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First Scrum

The first scrum of the game goes to Treviso after a Tigers knock-on on the half-way line. 

Kick off!

Kick-off here at Welford Road as Tigers host Benetton Treviso in the first home pre-season game. 

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Treviso Line-Up

Benetton Treviso squad

Forwards: Marco Barbini, Luca Bigi, Alberto De Marchi, Simone Ferrari, Ornel Gega, Marco Lazzaroni, Nasi Manu, Francesco Minto, Sebastian Negri, Tiziano Pasquali, Nicola Quaglio, Marco Riccioni, Federico Ruzza, Abraham Steyn, Cherif Traore, Federico Zani

Backs: Tommaso Allan, Marty Banks, Tommaso Benvenuti, Ignacio Brex, Giorgio Bronzini, Andrea Buondonno, Angelo Esposito, Edoardo Gori, Ian McKinley, Alberto Sgarbi, Luca Sperandio, Tito Tebaldi

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Tigers Line-Up

Starting XV: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Charlie Thacker, 11 Jonah Holmes, 10 Joe Ford, 9 Sam Harrison, 1 Greg Bateman, 2 George McGuigan, 3 Logovi'i Mulipola, 4 Mike Fitzgerald, 5 Graham Kitchener, 6 Mike Williams, 7 Dominic Ryan, 8 Sione Kalamafoni

Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Chris Baumann, 19 Dom Barrow, 20 Brendon O'Connor, 21 Ben White, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Telusa Veainu 

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Welcome to Welford Road

It's game day and the gates are open here at Welford Road, kick-off is at 7.45pm


Team news for Tigers v Treviso

Joe Ford starts for the first time at Welford Road in Tigers colours this Friday
Joe Ford starts for the first time at Welford Road in Tigers colours this Friday

Six of Leicester Tigers’ new arrivals will have an opportunity to run out at their new home ground for the first time against Benetton Treviso at Welford Road this Friday (7.45pm).

After opening the pre-season programme against the Ospreys in Bridgend last weekend, Tigers return to home turf to face their Italian visitors before a second fixture with the Ospreys next week and then the season-opener against Bath on Sunday, September 3.

Head coach Matt O’Connor has named an extended squad for Friday as he spreads gametime throughout the squad in the pre-season period, and includes recent arrivals Jonah Holmes, Joe Ford, Dominic Ryan, Sione Kalamafoni, Nick Malouf and Chris Baumann.

Holmes, Ford, Malouf and Baumann started in the 21-14 win in Wales last weekend, while forwards Ryan and Kalamafoni will be aiming to get their first run-out of the summer.

Mike Williams, Mike Fitzgerald, Graham Kitchener, Mathew Tait and Sam Harrison are among the other senior players set for their first appearance of the campaign.

Matt Toomua, who has not played since suffering a knee injury in just his second game for the club in October, is included in the squad as he builds back up to full fitness and there is a welcome return from a knee injury for prop Logovi’i Mulipola. Tom Brady, too, is in line for his first appearance since an ankle injury suffered at the end of last season.

Charlie Thacker, Leicester Tigers
Charlie Thacker teams up with Matt Smith in midfield on Friday

Tickets for Friday’s game are now on general sale, priced from just £12 adults and £5 juniors.

Book in person at Welford Road, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) (open 9.00am-5.00pm daily and up to kick-off on Friday). Or book online any time.

The pre-season fixtures against Treviso and Ospreys are included in Tigers season tickets which this year provide entry to 18 games for the price of just 12 when compared with matchday rates. You can spread the payments using our interest-free Direct Debit scheme. Contact the Tigers ticket office or see the link for more details.

Leicester Tigers (v Benetton Treviso, Welford Road, Friday 7.45pm)

15 Mathew Tait

14 Tom Brady

13 Matt Smith

12 Charlie Thacker

11 Jonah Holmes

10 Joe Ford

9 Sam Harrison

1 Greg Bateman

2 George McGuigan

3 Logovi’i Mulipola

4 Mike Fitzgerald

5 Graham Kitchener

6 Mike Williams

7 Dominic Ryan

8 Sione Kalamafoni

Replacements from

Tom Youngs

Ellis Genge

Chris Baumann

Dom Barrow

Brendon O’Connor

Fred Tuilagi

Ben White

Tom Hardwick

Matt Toomua

Telusa Veainu

Michele Rizzo

Harry Thacker

Ben Betts

Joe Maksymiw

Harry Wells

Luke Hamilton

Harry Simmons

George Catchpole

Nick Malouf

Benetton Treviso include former Tigers prop Tiziano Pasquali in their travelling squad alongside Italy internationals Alberto di Marchi, Francesco Minto, Marco Barnini, and half-back duo Tommaso Allan and Edoardo Gori.

Benetton Treviso squad

Forwards: Marco Barbini, Luca Bigi, Alberto De Marchi, Simone Ferrari, Ornel Gega, Marco Lazzaroni, Nasi Manu, Francesco Minto, Sebastian Negri, Tiziano Pasquali, Nicola Quaglio, Marco Riccioni, Federico Ruzza, Abraham Steyn, Cherif Traore, Federico Zani

Backs: Tommaso Allan, Marty Banks, Tommaso Benvenuti, Ignacio Brex, Giorgio Bronzini, Andrea Buondonno, Angelo Esposito, Edoardo Gori, Ian McKinley, Alberto Sgarbi, Luca Sperandio, Tito Tebaldi

Form Guide
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Lost to Bristol Bears 3-17
Past Meeting
Lost 10-26
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Past Meeting
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Last Match
Draw with Stade Francais null-null
Past Meeting
Won 26-10

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