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Match report | Tigers off the mark at Welford Road

Leicester Tigers recorded a bonus-point victory in the opening home game of the season on Friday evening with a 27-7 triumph over Exeter Chiefs.

A Guy Thompson try after just two minutes and a score from Jordan Olowofela on the quarter-hour while fly-half Noel Reid was in the sin-bin put Tigers 10-7 in front in the second round of the Premiership Rugby Cup at Welford Road and then Jonah Holmes added a third before the break.

Reid’s penalty stretched the advantage to 20-7 early in the second half but the hosts had to dig into their defensive drills as Chiefs enjoyed the bulk of possession in the second half before Kyle Eastmnd provided a fourth score with five minutes remaining.

Reid, Hanro Liebenberg and Jordan Coghlan were all handed a Tigers debut while Calum Green started in the second row in his first appearance since a summer return from Newcastle Falcons.

Head coach Geordan Murphy made a total of 14 changes to the line-up beaten at Worcester in Round 1, with Olowofela returning from a shoulder injury and on-loan Andy Forsyth the only player retained in the starting team.

Chiefs got the game under way and kept the ball in Tigers territory for the opening minutes before the hosts broke out for the first score of the night.

Good work from a lineout catch by Green allowed the forwards to wrap in the Chiefs pack and ball was quickly played to the left where Olowofela combined with Forsyth before Thompson burst through to take the scoring pass.  

Reid was off-target with the conversion and then spent 10 minutes in the sin-bin for a high tackle as Exeter made promising use of possession on their right.

The pay-off was immediate as Chiefs pushed their way over from a series of close-range drives, with No8 Jacques Vermeulen making the final push. Harvey Skinner added the conversion for a 7-5 lead.

George Worth moved to first receiver in the backline, but Tigers had to get through their defensive work, with Liebenberg conspicuous, as Chiefs retained possession for long periods.

But when Tigers got some go-forward again,  they built pressure on the tryline and a succession of phases near the tryline eventually saw the ball played out wide and Forsyth put Olowofela in to score on the left to retake the lead with 16 minutes gone.

Worth scooped his conversion attempt short with Tigers 10-7 in front.

Green’s awareness brought a penalty just inside the Chiefs half as he wrapped up scrum-half Sam Maunder and, after Tigers had taken play down the right, Holmes dotted down for the team’s third try on 25 minutes.

Forsyth and Eastmond worked the ball in midfield and Reid showed a smart pair of hands to release Holmes to score on the right. Reid added the kick too as the lead reached 17-7.

Tigers were forced into a change as Harry Wells replaced Will Spencer at the restart and the forwards were quickly into the action again, stealing lineout ball just 15 metres out from their own trylne as Chiefs tried to build on a penalty award for offside.

Olowofela and Eastmond then threatened to break from deep, but the ball just slipped out of the centre’s grasp on halfway with Chiefs racing back to cover with four minutes remaining in the half and the hosts still 10 in front.

Chiefs were awarded a penalty at the scrum, giving Skinner a chance to kick to the right, though he made touch only on the Tigers 22 and they lost possession at the first phase from the lineout in the final attack of the opening half.

An overthrown lineout from Chiefs put Tigers into dangerous territory early in the second period, though successive carries from the hosts were met with belligerent defence until a penalty award allowed Reid to add another three points to the total.

Ben White was introduced from the bench as the game restarted and he combined with Reid and Eastmond to set Holmes away on a 40-metre break on the right while Reid showed some subtle skills on the ball to get in behind the Chiefs defence before taking a heavy hit from Lewis Pearson which the referee reviewed numerous times before restarting play with a Chiefs scrum.

A frantic period inside the Tigers 22 threatened to bring a Chiefs score until Thompson won turnover ball on the floor, but the hosts were still pinned in their own area of the pitch as the game approached the hour mark.

Freddie Steward got on for his home debut as a swap for Olowofela, and Tigers also changed the front row, and they had another escape when Chiefs tapped from a penalty but spilled ball in the next phase.

Another lineout steal halted a Chiefs set-piece and White was finally able to kick up to halfway and ease the pressure on the Tigers defence.

Tigers, though, were having a tough time at the scrum and a penalty at the set-piece gave Skinner sight of goal but he pulled his kick wide from the 10-metre line.

Reid overcooked his drop-out, giving Chiefs set-piece ball again on the Tigers 22, only for the home pack to this time get the shove on and the penalty award.

Scoring opportunities had been scarce for Tigers but, after the forwards had Chiefs back-pedalling from a lineout drive, they made it count as Tom Hardwick flicked a perfect pass out of contact for Eastmond to dive in and grab the bonus point.

Hardwick’s touchline conversion made it 27-7 with five minutes left on the clock, though Chiefs then looked to set up a lineout drive in the right-hand corner, only for Wells to steal their maul ball five metres from his own tryline.

They had one final chance from another penalty to the corner but this time met Liebenberg and Green as they defended their line and the 27-7 margin.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

LEI 17-7 EXE

FT ScoreFull Time Score

LEI 27-7 EXE




Jack Makepeace

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers

Full Time

Exeter Chiefs
Exeter Chiefs
Leicester Tigers
Exeter Chiefs

Match Stats

Leicester Tigers
Exeter Chiefs
Penalties Conceded
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Tackles Won
160/169 95%
131/148 89%
Scrums Won
6/8 75%
7/9 78%
Lineouts Won
7/7 100%
14/19 74%

Player Stats

Leicester Tigers
Exeter Chiefs
Leicester Tigers
15George Worth
14Jonah Holmes1T
12Kyle Eastmond1T
11Jordan Olowofela1T
10Noel Reid1C1P
9Sam Harrison
1Greg Bateman
2Tom Youngs
3Joe Heyes
4Will Spencer
5Calum Green
6Hanro Liebenberg
7Guy Thompson1T
16Tatafu Polota-Nau
17Facundo Gigena
18Gaston Cortes
19Harry Wells
20Tommy Reffell
21Ben White
23Freddie Steward



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Tonight's Fan Favourite as voted by supporters on the Tigers App is Jordan Olowofela. 


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Thank you to the TigersFamily for joining us this evening at Welford Road and after a trip to Bath next weekend we look forward to welcoming you back for the derby fixture against Northampton Saints here at Welford Road on Saturday, October 12. 


Tigers 27 Exeter 7 


Held Up

Exeter with a driving maul and look to get over the Tigers line but as it breaks up Tigers hold up the ball and deny Exeter the try.

The referee blows his whistle and that's full-time here at Welford Road. 


Reset Scrum

The scrum goes down and the referee blows his whistle for a penalty, Exeter go for another lineout 5 metres out. 


Almost a complete steal

Exeter with the driving maul from the lineout but Harry Wells appears with the ball and goes for the break but fumbles the ball to knock-on and it is Exeter with the scrum as the clock just hits 80 minutes. 


Penalty the other way

There's some confusion as the referee blows his whistle and changes his direction of penalty but Exeter win the penalty at the scrum and kick for a lineout in Tigers 22. 


Messy and reset scrum

Tigers with the ball but it's a messy scrum and the referee calls to reset the scrum. 


Steal and Knock-on

Tigers steal at the lineout and as Exeter try to recover the loose ball the referee calls a knock-on so it's Tigers scrum between our 22 and 10 metre line. 


Keeping the ball

Tigers keep the ball from the restart with a few phases in our 22 before the box kick from Ben White kicks clear and into touch up near Tigers 10 metre line. 


Tom Hardwick adds the extras and takes Tigers lead to 27-7. 


Tigers with the phases on the Exeter tryline before a great offload from Tom Hardwick on the wing finds Kyle Eastmond who dots down next to the flag for the bonus point try. 


What a Drive

Tigers with a huge driving maul all the way up the Exeter tryline but it is just short and they look to the forwards to get the try


Another big scrum

Tigers win a penalty at the scrum and Hardwick kicks Tigers into the 22 for a lineout. 


Just goes forward

Tigers work the ball out wide and show good hands before the last pass is deemed to have gone forward by the referee and Exeter have the scrum just outside their 22. 


Building Phases

Tigers with the ball and looking to build phases around the Exeter 22. 


Good driving maul

Tigers create the driving maul and push into the Exeter 22 and it's all Tigers on the attack. 


Tigers going forward

Tigers again look good at the scrum and win a penalty.

Hardwick with a good kick into touch for a Tigers lineout just outside the Exeter 22. 

Tigers Replacement

Sam Morley has replaced Barrie Karea. 

Tigers Replacement

Tom Hardwick is on to replace Noel Reid. 


More handling errors

Exeter with the ball at the lineout and they look to make a break through the midfield but the ball is knocked on along the ground and Tigers have the scrum. 


Tigers in space

Tigers with a quick lineout and driving maul, before getting the ball out wide and Freddie Steward shows good skills to drive the ball up the wing.

The ball is brought back across the field and chipped ahead but goes into touch on halfway. 


Huge Scrum

Tigers with a huge scrum to win a scrum penalty and kick for a lineout just inside our half. 


Not the kick he planned

Noel Reid holds up his hand as his kick goes straight into touch and Exeter have the scrum on Tigers 22. 

Exeter Replacements

James McRae and Pete Laverick replace JOsh Caulfield and Max Bodilly. 

Tigers Replacement

Guy Thompson is replaced by Tommy Reffell. 


Missed Penalty

Exeter is just wide with the penalty from Harvery Skinner and Tigers have the 22 restart. 


Reset Scrum

It's a reset scrum before Tigers loose a penalty at the next scrum and Exeter point to the posts. 

Exeter Replacement

Joe Snow is on to replace Sam Maunder. 


More Kicking

Exeter with another box kick but they tap it back to keep posession and are on the attack in TIgers half.

Exeter look to go wide but a huge tackle from Jonah Holmes on the wing keeps them out of the 22 and good pressure from Tigers sees Exeter knock-on in midfield for a Tigers scrum. 


Free Kick

Tigers win a free kick at the scrum and kick for the lineout.

Tigers again with a lineout streal and it's Tigers with a clearing kick to halfway but Exeter keep it in and go on the attack on halfway. 


Quick Penalty

Exeter decide to go quick and tap and go but the ball is fumbled along the ground as Exeter are tackled and Tigers have a scrum for the knock-on on our 5 metre line. 


Driving Maul

Exeter create the driving maul from the lineout and win a penalty as Tigers are deemed to have pullled down the lineout. 

Exeter Replacement

Jordan Poole is on for Jack Innard. 


Quick Penalty

The scrum has barely started and Exeter win a penalty, kicking to the corner for a lineout. 

Tigers Replacements

Joe Heyes and Jordan Olowofela are replaced by Gaston Cortes and Freddie Steward for his Welford Road debut. 


Good defence and turnover

Tigers defence holds strong as Exeter continue to attack and work into the Tigers 22.

Tigers show good skill though to get in and on the ball at the breakdown and wins the ball.

The ball gets run back up to the 22 but the referee calls a knock-on and Exeter have the scrum. 


Weathering the Exeter Attack

Tigers defence is being tested as Exeter work their way into the Tigers half but the plays stays around the 10 metre line before a break on the wing from Bodilly has Exeter up to the TIgers 22. 


Lots of Kicking

The word of the match at the moment is box kick as Exeter and Tigers exchange box kicks and it's Tigers who kick up field into the Exeter half and Exeter are back on the attack on halfway. 


End to end play

It's messy but Exeter win the ball at the lineout, the ball goes out wide before they kick up field.

George Worth makes another good catch and it's Tigers with the ball before a clearing kick goes into touch and it's Exeters lineout on halfway. 

Tigers Replacements

Tom Youngs and Greg Bateman are replaced by Tatafu Polota-Nau and Facundo Gigena. 


Scrum Ball

Exeter win a penalty at the scrum and kick for a lineout on halfway.


Referee's Call

The Tigers crowd are calling for a late tackle on Noel Reid the referee says it's fine so we play the knock-on and it is Exeters scrum just outside their 22. 


What a run

Tigers have the ball at the restart and it gets out wide to Jonah Holmes who makes a great run on the far wing to get back up to half-way and it's all Tigers as they continue to work into the Exeter half.

Tigers get into the Exeter 22 and look to get the ball out wide but Noel Reid struggles as goes low for ball and looks to have hurt himself and the ball is called a knock-on.

As Reid gets treatment the referee is called by the TMO to check the tackle on Noel Reid. 

Tigers Replacement

Sam Harrison is replaced by Ben White. 


Noel Reid makes no mistake and adds the three points as he lands the penalty kick. 

Exeter replacement

Dave Dennis is off for a HIA and Lewis Pearson is on. 


Crossfield Kick

Tigers continue to attack the Exeter half and with a penalty advantage Sam Harrison tries a cross field kick to Jonah Holmes on the wing but it goes straight into touch.

We go back for the advantage and we point to the posts. 


Lineout Steal

The captain gets the ball the at the llineout and it's Tigers on the attack again in the Exeter half. 


Tigers in Possession

Tigers keep possession of the ball from the lineout and build some good phases as we attack the Exeter half and a chip through from Noel Reid is beautifully picked up Jordan Olowofela before he's tackled.

Another kick from Noel Reid just finds touch in Exeters 22. 


Turnover for Tigers

Tigers continue to get tested in defence but the referee blows his whistle for a penalty as Exeter get back up in a tackle and Tigers kick for the lineout inside Exeters half. 


Not to plan

Exeters lineout looks to not go to plan but they keep the ball and work the ball at Tigers 22 metre line. 


Exeter with the ball

Exeter run the ball from the scrum and get the ball up to their 10 metre line before the referee calls Tigers offside and Exeter kick for the lineout on Tigers 22. 


Kick-Off Handling

It's an awkward kick and it's messy as both teams try to take the ball but it's Tigers who are deemed to have knocked-on and it's Exeters scrum. 


Noel Reid kicks us off for the second-half here at Welford Road. 


Back on the pitch

The teams are back out on the pitch and we are ready for kick-off for the second-half. 


Tigers 17 Exeter 7 


Showing his speed

Tigers go wide and quick as the ball is out to Jonah on the wing before being passed back into Olowofela who shows some speed and runs into the Exeter half but the referee calls the pass forward and blows his whistle for the end of the first-half. 


Handling errors

Exeter catch the ball and go to make a driving maul but the ball is dropped, Tigers have the advantage but the ball is knocked on as it is ripped in a tackle and Tigers have the scrum. 


Into Touch

It's messy at the back of the scrum as Sam Harrison is caught with the ball but Tigers keep hold of the ball and kick clear to touch. 


Messy Ball

Exeter go quick with the ball at the lineout but it's messy ball at the breakdown and theirs a knock-on from Exeter for a Tigers scrum inside our 22. 


Scrum Penalty

Tigers almost have the ball out the base of the scrum but the referee calls a penalty for Exeter and they go for another lineout just inside our 22. 


High Ball

Exeter go for the high ball and it's George Worth who makes a good catch and the ball goes out wide.

It looks like Olowofela has found Kyle Eastmond in space but there's a fumble of the ball and the referee calls a knock-on and an Exeter scrum on halfway. 


Exeter strong from the lineout

It's all Exeter from the lineout as Tigers knock-on a high kick and Exeter continue to attack Tigers on the halfway. 


Good Kick

Tigers get the ball out the back of the scrum and Sam Harrison gets the ball out to Noel Reid who makes a great kick into touch for an Exeter lineout on their 22. 


Scrum Reset

The referee is not happy with the front rows and we have a reset scrum. 


Tigers get the ball

Exeter get the ball at the lineout but as the ball goes out wide it is messy ball and Exeter knock-on for a Tigers scrum on our 10 metre line. 

Exeter Replacement

Greg Holmes is replaced by Marcus Street.


Lineout Steal

It's a lineout steal for Tigers as Calum Green gets his hands to it.

Tigers clear the ball and it's an Exeter lineout back on our 10 metre line. 

Tigers Replacement

Will Spencer is replaced by Harry Wells. 


Strong attack

Tigers are on the defensive as Exeter continue to build phases and attack the Tigers half  but we are called back for an offside call and Exeter have the penalty.

Exeter kick for the lineout in Tigers 22. 


Some interesting play

It's back and forth from the restart with some physical tackles going in. A high kick is challenged in the air but the referee plays on as Exeter attack Tigers 22 but Tigers get a turnover.

The ball is kicked up field and it's Exeter on the attack again into the Tigers half.


Noel Reid lines up the conversion and it's straight between the posts to make it 17-7. 


It's good hands on show for Tigers as they work the ball out of the driving maul and the handling gets the ball from one wing to the other and back out wide, with a long pass out to Jonah Holmes in space to run in for the try. 


Tigers with the turnover

Tigers show strong defence and push Exeter back from the lineout to their 10 metre line despite the phases and there's a a quick tackle at the breakdown and Tigers pounce to get on the ball and win a turnover. 

Tigers kick to touch and get the turnover on the Exeter 22. 


Exeter Scrum holds

Exeter show their power in the scrum and win a penalty, kicking to touch for a lineout on halfway. 


Driving the ball

Tigers create the driving maul push forward before they ship the ball out wide where George Worth passes to Jonah Holmes but he is tackled deep in the Exeter 22.

Tigers continue to attack but the ball goes loose and Exeter have a scrum inside their 22. 


Tigers get the penalty

Tigers win a penalty as Exeter are penalised in open play with crossing as they try to pass out wide. 

Tigers kick for a lineout on the Exeter 22 line. 


Back to 15

Tigers clear their lines from the restart for an Exeter lineout on our 10 metre line and Noel Reid returns from the sin bin. 


Conversion Missed

Tigers down a man and kicker in Noel Reid have George Worth who steps in to take the conversion but the ball falls short to keep the score at 10-7. 


The forwards will probably claim this try as they continued to build phases at the tryline before the ball pops out the ruck and is shipped out wide to the other wing and Jordan Olowofela is the man to run it in, in the corner. 


Advantage for Tigers

Tigers have the advantage as the referee calls hands in the ruck from Exeter as Tigers inch closer to the tryline. 


Tigers attack the line

Tigers run the ball from the back of the scrum and attack the Exeter tryline with phase after phase. 



Both teams have a go at the running the ball as it stays in play from the restart and both teams attack around the half-way line before Tigers win a turnover at the breakdown, a chip ahead and it is nearly a try for Tigers but Exeter carry the ball over the line for a Tigers scrum 5 metres out. 


Exeter add the conversion through Harvey Skinner to make it 5-7. 


Exeter build phases from the lineout and build their way closer and closer to the try line before Jacques Vermeulen crashes over the line under the posts. 


Exeter on the attack

Exeter kick to the corner from the penalty and go for a lineout 5 metres out from Tigers tryline. 

Yellow Card Tigers

Tigers looking strong in defence and earn a turnover but the referee goes back for the high tackle and after a look by the referees they signal for a yellow card for Tigers Noel Reid. 


First Scrum

The first scrum of the match goes to Exeter and after a reset the ball is shipped out wide and Exeter has the advantage as there is a call for a high tackle as Exeter attack the Tigers 22. 


Good Pressure

Tigers looking good in defence and keeping the pressure on in defence as there's a loose ball at the breakdown but the referee calls for a knock-on and Exeter have the scrum just inside the Tigers half.


Ball stays in play

Tigers clear their lines from the restart but the ball stays in play so it's a test for Tigers defence as Exeter attack Tigers half of the pitch. 


Conversion Missed

Noel Reid steps up for his first kick in Tigers colours but the ball drifts wide to keep the score at 5-0. 


Tigers create a driving maul from the lineout and after gaining some yards the ball is passed out wide to the backs and Jordan Olowofela shows good hands on the wing before offloading to Andy Forsyth, who finds Guy Thompson on his inside to run in the first score of the match. 


One wing to the other

Exeter are quick with the lineout and get the ball out wide on the opposite wing but the ball goes loose and gets knocked into touch for a Tigers lineout. 


Early Tigers Phases

Tigers have a few early phases from the kick-off before Sam Harrison clears the ball into touch for a  Exeter lineout in their half. 


Exeter get us underway here at Welford Road. 


Here come the teams

Exeter are out on the pitch followed by Tigers lead out by club captain Tom Youngs and we are ready for kick-off. 


Nearly time for Kick-off

The team's have finished their warm-ups and we are just minutes away from kick-off. 


What's New

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Welcome back to Welford Road for the first home game of the 2019/20 season as we host Exeter Chiefs in Round 2 of the Premiership Rugby Cup.

Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

Tom Wyatt
Max Bodilly
Tom Hendrickson
Harvey Skinner
Sam Maunder
Billy Keast
Jack Innard
Greg Holmes
Jannes Kirsten
Josh Caulfield
Jacques Vermeulen


Jordon Poole
Danny Southworth
Marcus Street
Lewis Pearson
Joe Snow

Match preview | Tigers return home

When the Leicester Tigers side run out on Friday evening, it will have been just slightly more than a full 132 days since their last appearance at Welford Road.

A lot has changed in that time.

After fielding an exciting young side in the first round of the Premiership Rugby Cup last weekend, head coach Geordan Murphy now calls on some of the senior players at his disposal – including a handful of summer signings – as Tigers continue to build for the beginning of the Gallagher Premiership season.

Hanro Liebenberg, Noel Reid and Jordan Coghlan all earn their stripes with starting roles, while former Tigers Academy man Calum Green lines up in Leicester colours for the first time in seven years.

Ever-present favourites, like club captain Tom Youngs and back-rower Guy Thompson, also run out in front of the Tigers Family for the first time in 2019/20.

Just one player – loanee Forysth – survives from the XV that took to the field last weekend, though the approach is a long-planned one.

“You’ll see a very different team this week,” explains assistant coach Brett Deacon. “We’ve got four rounds of preparation for the Premiership, and we’ll rotate the squad as we go around this Premiership Rugby Cup so [that], hopefully, everybody plays a similar amount of minutes.

“We’ll give all of the players the best chance for selection [as well as] getting robust and working on our game styles and game plans moving forward.”

Exeter Chiefs will be the opponents in Round 2, following their impressive home win over Bath Rugby last time out. They retain their blend of up-and-coming stars with seasoned internationals like tighthead Greg Holmes and second-rower Dave Dennis for their second Pool 3 fixture.

While wary of the threat posed by the Chiefs, Deacon insists that the Tigers squad will be focusing on embedding some of their own systems under the Friday night lights.

“We are trying to implement a lot of change, so the first thing you need to do is concentrate on what you’re doing on and off the field, with more focus around our [own] performances,” he says. “That’s exactly what we’re doing at the moment.

“That [approach] is only going to make us better long term, and week-on-week, it’s only going to make us perform better.

“There’s a slight less focus on opposition stuff than there has been in the past, and more focus on ourselves is the way to go.”

And while the matchday squad will be looking to put in a big performance in their first home run-out of the season, Geordan Murphy and his men will surely hope the game can serve as a taste of what’s to come once the league campaign gets going in October.

Team news | New Tigers named for debuts

Hanro Liebenberg, Noel Reid and Jordan Coghlan will make their long-awaited Leicester Tigers debuts on Friday night at Welford Road with the trio named in the starting side for the Premiership Rugby Cup clash with Exeter Chiefs.

Fellow new recruit Calum Green, who last played for the club during the 2011/12 season, will also play his first match for Tigers in seven seasons after returning to Leicester over the summer from Newcastle Falcons.

Green made 21 appearances for the club after debuting for the senior side as a 17-year-old in 2008 following a decorated age-grade career, including two seasons as captain of the Tigers Academy.

In addition to the quartet of new recruits, Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy has also included several senior members of the squad for their first game of the new season in amongst fourteen changes to the starting side that faced the Worcester Warriors in Round 1 at Sixways Stadium.

Among those who will make their first start of the 2019/20 campaign are club captain Tom Youngs, internationals Kyle Eastmond and Jonah Holmes, Greg Bateman, Guy Thompson and Sam Harrison.

The main focus remains having this squad prepared for the start of the Premiership, so we will continue to manage the playing group as we see fit over the coming three weeks

Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy

England U20s representative Jordan Olowofela has also been named to make his return to action after last representing the club in the penultimate fixture of the 2018/19 season, when the winger was helped from the field with a broken shoulder.

Andy Forsyth is the only player named in the starting side to have started last Saturday’s match, with Joe Heyes and George Worth used as replacements in the loss to the Warriors.

Meanwhile, Ben White is the only player named among the replacements who did not feature in last weekend’s season-opener.

Myself and the coaches were impressed with a lot of what the squad did out there and feel that the base they have built with that performance is a strong one we can build on as we move closer to the start of the Premiership season

Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy

Speaking about last Saturday’s fixture, away to Worcester, Murphy said: “We weren’t pleased with the result at Worcester, we never are when we lose, but the effort from one of the youngest side’s the club has put out in almost 140 years can not be questioned.”

“Myself and the coaches were impressed with a lot of what the squad did out there and feel that the base they have built with that performance is a strong one we can build on as we move closer to the start of the Premiership season.”

Looking ahead to the second round of the Premiership Cup on Friday night, the Tigers head coach added: “Exeter are a completely different side to Worcester and come to Welford Road on the back of good win over Bath, so we know it is going to be a whole different challenge for the lads on Friday night, which we are looking forward to.”

“We welcome back several senior members of the group this week and are also pleased to have some of our new recruits making their club debuts, especially at home in front of our supporters at Welford Road.”

Murphy also reiterated that the priority for the Tigers squad and coaches is being prepared for the opening round of the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday, October 19.

“The main focus remains having this squad prepared for the start of the Premiership, so we will continue to manage the playing group as we see fit over the coming three weeks,” said the Tigers boss.

Leicester Tigers Team (vs Exeter Chiefs, Welford Road, Friday 7.45pm)

15 George Worth, 14 Jonah Holmes, 13 Andy Forsyth, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Jordan Olowofela, 10 Noel Reid*, 9 Sam Harrison; 1 Greg Bateman, 2 Tom Youngs (c), 3 Joe Heyes, 4 Will Spencer, 5 Calum Green, 6 Hanro Liebenberg*, 7 Guy Thompson, 8 Jordan Coghlan*.


16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Gaston Cortes, 19 Harry Wells, 20 Tommy Reffell; 21 Ben White, 22 Tom Hardwick, 23 Freddie Steward.

*denotes Tigers debut

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