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Welford Road’s memorable European matches | Part Two

European rugby returns to Welford Road on Sunday when Tigers take on Racing 92 in Round 4 of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Earlier this season, we took a flashback look into some of Welford Road's most memorable matches in part one of our feature. 

We pick up part two of our look back at some of the competitions best match-ups...

Tigers v Stade Francais - January 15, 2006

Tigers progressed to the last eight setting up a semi-final against old foes Stade Francias. Leicester started Austin Healey at scrum-half but endured a tough encounter and were trailing 22-12 with ten minutes to go. 

Come the final whistle, Tigers had launched a ferocious comeback scoring 17 points thanks to Louis Deacon and Dan Hipkiss going over on 74 and 79 minutes with Andy Goode wrapping up the win.   

Andy Goode

Tigers v Stade Francais | April 1, 2007

A blustery day, neither team could break clear of the other. Seru Rabeni scored an early try but a try by Juan Martin Hernandez and goalkicking from Stade fly-half David Skrela made the score 11-11 at the break.

Turning to play into the wind, Leicester were six points adrift with just ten minutes remaining. Alesana Tuilagi rampaged into midfield, Kay and Hipkiss lent a hand and Varndell was set free 30 metres from the line. The wing scored under the posts leaving Goode to kick the extras and send Welford Road in raptures.

Stade 07

Tigers v Ospreys – October 11, 2009

More than 20,000 fans watched Tigers opening European Pool fixture against Ospreys following the opening of the club’s new 10,000 seater north stand. And what a game to mark the occasion!

Ospreys led 26-8 with five first half minutes remaining. A depleted Tigers squad saw flanker Craig Newby move to centre in the second half, and it was a certain Billy Twelvetrees who proved the hero of the hour for Tigers on his European debut. Not only did he score one of four tries, but he kept his nerve to kick all his goals levelling the scores at 32-32 to earn Tigers a draw. 


Match tickets for Tigers versus Racing 92 are still available. Simply contact the Tigers ticket office on 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or visit the link below.