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Back-rowers front up with Tigers treble

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Tigers matches have produced a stack of stats already this season – some of them not the kind you’d stick in a scrapbook – but there was one from last weekend that made The Tig sit up and smile.

The match against the Warriors ticked every mark on a scale from 1 to 10 before an incredible second-half fightback was finally snuffed out by a last-minute winning try from the visitors. It was only Worcester’s second-ever win at Welford Road, but also their second in a row.

The Tig will allow others to fix the faults in the Tigers performance, but in the midst of the mayhem, historian Stuart Farmer pointed out that the entire starting back row had claimed tries in the same game for the club for the first time since the Premiership Final in 2007.

David Denton and Guy Thompson claimed their first tries since joining the club in the summer, Denton using the bulk and the physicality he was specifically signed to provide to push over from close range and Thompson expertly adding the finish to a drive for the line from his colleagues in the forward pack. Sione Kalamafoni, meanwhile, scored for a second consecutive week, though sadly not in a winning cause.

Turn the clock back to the Premiership Final of 2007 when the tryscorers included Lewis Moody, Shane Jennings and Martin Corry.

It was a glorious season, one which saw Tigers in three cup finals and ended with two lots of silverware. The performance against Gloucester is remembered for the impact in attack of Alesana Tuilagi and Seru Rabeni – an ‘impact’ made mostly on or over the Gloucester defence – but also one that ignited a Tigers team that had not won the Premiership title for five years before that May afternoon at HQ.

Moody, Jennings and Corry were essential parts of Pat Howard’s all-conquering team and it was great to even fleetingly have their importance on that moment reflected in the feats of Denton and Co on Sunday.