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Report | Tigers take pool win in Cup

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Leicester Tigers earned a first win in the Premiership Rugby Cup with a 38-17 bonus-point victory over Wasps at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Tuesday evening.

Wasps were in front from the 10th minute and held a 10-point lead in the first half before Tigers secured a Pool 2 victory with tries from Sean Jansen, Emeka Ilione, Hosea Saumaki, Sam Edwards and Archie Vanes.

After taking one point from defeat at Sale Sharks in Round 1, Tigers added Cameron Henderson to the forward pack, joining Lewis Chessum in the second row, with James Whitcombe again named as captain among 12 graduates of the club’s academy in the matchday squad.

After fly-half Jed Walsh got the game started, kicking towards the Beehive Money Stand, a chargedown from Chessum momentarily held up Wasps’ exit, though the visitors did have the first scoring opportunity when a lineout drive ended with them held up over the tryline.

Wasps returned immediately to that corner and this time Ilione was able to step in and earn a penalty for Tigers, not for the last time in his evening’s work.

Tables were turned moments later, though when Ilione was penalised in possession and, when Wasps attacked down the left, full-back Olly Hartley prodded a kick perfectly down the touchline and wing Ollie Dawkins won the race to score. Will Haydon-Wood added the conversion for a seven-point lead.

A 50-22 kick from Walsh, spotting some space on the left, gave Tigers set-piece ball five metres from the tryline and they made the most of the platform as the lineout drive set up No8 Jansen to score. Walsh’s touchline conversion levelled the scores.

But Wasps quickly built a lead with a converted try from Hartley, who broke two tackles on his way to the line on the left, followed by a Haydon-Wood penalty to move 10 in front.

Ilione then produced a reply, showing his strength to beat the final defender on the line and, when Walsh added the extras, the gap was cut to three points before half-time.

Lachlan Shelley was denied a try at the start of the second half when Hartley chased back to win the chase to a clever kick to the corner by Sam Edwards.

Jansen’s physical carry was at the heart of the next attack, which brought a penalty 30 metres out which Walsh landed to level the scores at 17-17 on 50 minutes.

In defence, Joseph Woodward made a low tackle on Will Simonds and then recovered to get over the ball and win a penalty. When Walsh kick into Wasps territory, the lineout drive charged forward, followed by another whistle. Play stayed close in on the left and, after another push and another carry from Tom Horton, then Josh Manz, it was wing Saumaki who picked up and pushed his way over to give Tigers the lead for the first time.

Walsh added the conversion to make it 24-17 before being replaced by Morgan Meredith.

Tigers then produced a huge spell of goalline defence, making tackle after tackle just a metre in front of the tryline under their own posts and three times they held up opposition in a massive show of defiance.

Ilione won another penalty in defence as Tigers stood up to as fresh charge and, when play reached the opposition half, a sweeping attack involving Meredith and Jacob Cusick was finished by scrum-half Edwards for the bonus-point score.

Meredith kicked the conversion for his first senior points and moments later he was back on the tee after a score from hooker Vanes to take the lead to 21 points.

It was an Edwards 50-22 kick that put Tigers into the corner and Vanes was at the back of the maul which almost reached the line, then spun and went on his own over the final couple of metres.

Wasps had one final chance with a set-piece in the left-hand corner but Ilione again swooped over a tackle to win a penalty and close out the game.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

LEI 14-17 WAS

FT ScoreFull Time Score

LEI 38-17 WAS

Attendance

Not available

Referee

Anthony Woodthorpe

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
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Full Time

Wasps
Wasps
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Leicester Tigers
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Wasps
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Match Stats

Leicester Tigers
Wasps
Possession
46%
54%
Territory
35%
65%
Penalties Conceded
10
15
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
145/161 90%
62/75 83%
Scrums Won
6/7 86%
3/3 100%
Lineouts Won
18/20 90%
8/9 89%

Player Stats

Leicester Tigers
Wasps
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Lachlan Shelley
14Joe Browning
13Jacob Cusick
12Joseph Woodward
11Hosea Saumaki1T
10Jed Walsh3C1P
9Sam Edwards1T
1James Whitcombe
2Tom Horton
3Will Hurd
4Cameron Henderson
5Lewis Chessum
6Josh Manz
7Emeka Ilione1T
8Sean Jansen1T
16Archie Vanes1T
17Dan Richardson
18Nephi Leatigaga
19Tom Manz
20Finn Carnduff
21Josh Goodwin
22Morgan Meredith2C
23Marcus Ramage

Commentary

CUP WIN

Leicester Tigers 38-17 Wasps with tries from Jansen, Ilione, Saumaki, Edwards and Vanes.

Meredith kicks the conversion, Tigers are 38-17 in front, 75min.

Archiue Vanes adds try No5 for Tigers who now lead 36-17.

Morgan Meredith adds his first points for Tigers with the conversion, 31-17 on 71min.

Superb bonus-point try finished by Sam Edwards after build-up by Meredith and Cusick, puts Tigers 29-17 in front with 10min to play.

Walsh adds the kick from out wide on the left to put Tigers 24-17 in front on 58mins.

Hosea Saumaki over from close range after two big drives from the forwards to give Tigers the lead for the first time at 22-17 on 57 mins.

Penalty by Walsh, levels the scores at 17-17 on 51min.

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Back underway at Mattioli Woods Welford Road with Tigers trailing 14-17 against Wasps.

HALF-TIME: Tigers 14-17 Wasps

Walsh adds the conversion, 14-17 on 35min.

Emeka Ilione forces his way through a tackle to score for Tigers. 12-17.

Haydon-Wood adds a penalty to stretch the Wasps lead to 17-7 on 31min.

Conversion makes it 14-7 to Wasps on 28min.

Second try for Wasps, Olly Hartley scores, they lead 12-7.

Jed Walsh lands a perfect kick from the touchline to level the scores at 7-7 on 23min.

Sean Jansen scores for Tigers from a lineout drive on the left, 5-7 on 23min.

Wil Haydon-Wood converts the try to give Wasps a 7-0 lead on 11min.

Ollie Dawkins wins the race for a kick through in the left corner to open the scoring for Wasps on 10mins. 0-5.

KICK-OFF | Leicester Tigers v Wasps

Jed Walsh will get the action started for Tigers, playing towards the Beehive Money Stand.

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WEATHER CHECK

It’s been a chilly and damp afternoon, but rain has held off as we approach kick-off at 7.00pm.

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Wasps: 15 Olly Hartley, 14 Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, 13 Paolo Odogwu, 12 Will Simonds, 11 Ollie Dawkins, 10 Will Haydon-Wood, 9 Harry Craven; 1 Rodrigo Martinez, 2 Michael van Vuuren, 3 Elliot Millar-Mills, 4 Cam Dodson, 5 Theo Vukasinovic, 6 Fyn Brown, 7 Kieran Curran, 8 Greg Fisilau

Replacements: 16 Corbin Thunder, 17 Archie McArthur, 18 Robin Hardwick, 19 Alfie Bell, 20 James Tunney, 21 Mason Winterburn, 22 Reikiti Maasi-White, 23 Luke Mehson  

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HOW TIGERS LINE-UP

STARTING XV: 15 Lachlan Shelley [1], 14 Joe Browning [3], 13 Jacob Cusick [6], 12 Joseph Woodward [3], 11 Hosea Saumaki [14], 10 Jed Walsh [1], 9 Sam Edwards (vc) [5]; 1 James Whitcombe (c) [24], 2 Tom Horton [1], 3 Will Hurd [10], 4 Cameron Henderson [21], 5 Lewis Chessum [3], 6 Josh Manz [1], 7 Emeka Ilione [3], 8 Sean Jansen (vc) [5]

REPLACEMENTS: 16 Archie Vanes [4], 17 Dan Richardson [6], 18 Nephi Leatigaga [69], 19 Tom Manz [1], 20 Finn Carnduff [2], 21 Josh Goodwin, 22 Morgan Meredith [2], 23 Marcus Ramage [1]

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MATCH PREVIEW | Leicester Tigers v Wasps

Leicester Tigers host neighbours Wasps in the second round of the Premiership Rugby Cup at Mattioli Woods Welford Road this evening (7.00pm).

Tigers opened the campaign with a losing point in a 26-19 defeat at Sale Sharks last week while Wasps scored a bonus-point win in Pool 2 against Newcastle Falcons.

Brett Deacon, who leads the Tigers coaching team in this competition, said: “I said post-match last week that at this club we fight for everything, whatever the game, and you could see that in their performance at Sale.

“We’ve kept a similar squad for this game and that will build confidence and continuity around those guys who get an opportunity again this week.”

Cameron Henderson comes into the Tigers second row, partnering Lewis Chessum in the only change to the starting line-up from the trip to Sale Sharks last week. James Whitcombe is again named as captain.

Wasps include former Tigers wing Paolo Odogwu and hooker Michael van Vuuren in their 23.

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Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Olly Hartley
14
Immanuel Feyi-Waboso
13
Paolo Odogwu
12
Will Simonds
11
Ollie Dawkins
10
Will Haydon-Wood
9
Harry Craven
1
Rodrigo Martinez
2
Michael van Vuuren
3
Elliot Millar-Mills
4
Cam Dodson
5
Theo Vukasinovic
6
Fyn Brown
7
Kieran Curran
8
Greg Fisilau

Subs

16
Corbin Thunder
17
Archie Mcarthur
18
Robin Hardwick
19
Alfie Bell
20
James Tunney
21
Mason Winterburn
22
Rekeiti Ma'asi-White
23
Luke Mehson

Team News | Tigers Cup line-up to face Wasps

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The Leicester Tigers matchday squad for Round 2 of the 2022/23 Premiership Rugby Cup has been named.

Tigers host Wasps at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Tuesday (7.00pm) in the first home game of this season’s Cup campaign.

James Whitcombe will captain the side for a second successive Cup fixture, with Sam Edwards and Sean Jansen again named as vice-captains for the midweek meeting.

Three changes have been made to the matchday squad from the opening round, with Cameron Henderson the lone change to the starting side with the 22-year-old’s inclusion at lock alongside Lewis Chessum.

Tom Manz moves to the bench, which welcomes Archie Vanes and Nottingham Rugby loan player Josh Goodwin for Tuesday’s match.

The matchday squad includes 12 graduates from the club’s academy programme and seven players who will make their first senior appearance at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

STARTING XV
15 Lachlan Shelley [1]
14 Joe Browning [3]
13 Jacob Cusick [6]
12 Joseph Woodward [3]
11 Hosea Saumaki [14]
10 Jed Walsh [1]
9 Sam Edwards (vc) [5]
1 James Whitcombe (c) [24]
2 Tom Horton [1]
3 Will Hurd [10]
4 Cameron Henderson [21]
5 Lewis Chessum [3]
6 Josh Manz [1]
7 Emeka Ilione [3]
8 Sean Jansen (vc) [5]

REPLACEMENTS
16 Archie Vanes [4]
17 Dan Richardson [6]
18 Nephi Leatigaga [69]
19 Tom Manz [1]
20 Finn Carnduff [2]
21 Josh Goodwin *
22 Morgan Meredith [2]
23 Marcus Ramage [1]

* Leicester Tigers senior debut & Loan player

Wasps: 15 Olly Hartley, 14 Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, 13 Paolo Odogwu, 12 Will Simonds, 11 Ollie Dawkins, 10 Will Haydon-Wood, 9 Harry Craven; 1 Rodrigo Martinez, 2 Michael van Vuuren, 3 Elliot Millar-Mills, 4 Cam Dodson, 5 Theo Vukasinovic, 6 Fyn Brown, 7 Kieran Curran, 8 Greg Fisilau

 Replacements: 16 Corbin Thunder, 17 Archie McArthur, 18 Robin Hardwick, 19 Alfie Bell, 20 James Tunney, 21 Mason Winterburn, 22 Reikiti Maasi-White, 23 Luke Mehson  

Form Guide
Form
LWLWW
Last Match
Beat London Irish 33-31
Past Meeting
Won 38-17
Form
Last Match
Past Meeting
Form
WLLDD
Last Match
Draw with London Irish 0-0
Past Meeting
Lost 17-38